After an MRI recently, I have been offered surgery to repair two tendon tears...a mild Subscapularis tendon tear and a moderate Supraspinatus muscle and tendon tear, both from an acute injury. While the doc tells me that they will not heal on their own, I can continue to go to PT and get more occassional injections of cortisone and lidocane. I could also receive surgical repair, which they tell me will take me out of any physical activity for six months or more, and I still may not completely regain overhead lifting strength/loss of pain. Anyone with experience with these injuries? What did you do, and how did post surgical recovery/use turn out?
Get the surgery. what you may or not regain is really determined by how hard you work in PT, so I suggest you be the poster boy for PT.