Posted by: bartc on Jan-16-13 9:31 PM (EST)
I had a tear repaired along with rotator a few years ago. After PT it's pretty much working normally, though I do feel it sometimes.
Took up paddling afterwards - yes, a strange hobby with a prior shoulder injury. But I didn't go to a Euro paddle, I made my own Aleut paddle, mostly because it was designed to go long distances and still be easier on the arms and shoulders. It certainly is that. I have zero shoulder pain from paddling because of that, though I paddle hard.
If you still have a tear of size, you may be in for surgery anyway. Don't know about resurfacing, as I never had that problem.
I do know that the shoulder is one joint in the body held together by dynamic tension of the muscles around it, not by fitting into the socket itself. The socket isn't all surrounding the ball. So building up the musculature after surgery will be important, but I don't believe you can build it up despite the underlying need for surgical intervention. If you need the surgery, trying to bull your way past it with exercise is likely to worsen your condition instead.
You'll have to put some faith in at least some medical practitioners helping you make that judgement.
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