DM #635: NOTHING against surgery. Not here to bash it or make you feel bad about your choices. Just hoping to get you thinking.
Speaking from personal experience here and a handful of “if I only knew then what I knew now”s. Surgery can be the right decision, but it can also be the rushed decision. If all that you’ve done is rest, and nothing else, well you haven’t tried it all. If all you’ve done is take Motrin and use ice, you haven’t done it all. If you haven’t taken a break from doing the thing that causes your symptoms, you haven’t tried it all. If you’ve half-assed your rehab and only do some of the exercises when you feel like it, you haven’t tried it all.
Healing takes time. Healing can take sacrifice. You might have to take a step back from that thing you love to do, you might need to say no to a few of the stressors in your life, you might need to work at things for over a year. It’s just the nature of the beast.
So what’s my point? Surgery only addresses the symptomatic area. It won’t fix why that issue occurred in the first place. Meaning, if your crappy mechanics caused you to tear your rotator cuff, all the surgery in the world ain’t gonna fix those movement patterns. Surgery might be what you need, but it also might not be. Go down the rabbit hole of non-surgical treatment first. Get acupuncture, do corrective exercises, change your diet, get more sleep, exhaust your options. The worst thing that happens is you go into surgery super strong and prepared and have one hell of an amazing recovery. Win-win.
Again, not here to bash surgery, just want you keeping those eyes open and those hopes up. You can get better.
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