Hey guys, let me just give a quick history of myself in case other people have had a similiar injury. I'm 28, not really sure how I got this, probably from the gym or hockey but I guess over the years it just took it's toll. I had a MRI done 16 months ago, this was the diagnostic. Anterior labrum tear, with an intact scapular periosteum compatible with an ALPSA lesion. Also some hyaline undercutting within the posterior hyaline cartilage, and a tiny posterior labral tear.
Well, in short, I have discomfort in the back and front of the shoulder, not enough where I can't play sports. And my left trap always feels pulled, like basically the bottom left of my neck. But enough where I feel it, and I wanted to try going back to the gym now and I usually feel it. I mean, I can swing a bat and I still play hockey but if I were to throw a ball I couldn't probably do it because of the quick motion. I can't really interpret the MRI since I am not a doctor, I did do PT for 12 months, little to no results. These tears do not heal by themselves even for minor ones that I have. Went to about 6 orthopedic surgeons. All public declined surgery, a private one said I had a 65% probability of success from the surgery. Not a great number, by any means, considering the length of rehab. So, my options are to live the rest of my life with a pain in my upper neck, and a small pain in the front/back of my shoulder, and hope that eventually they come out with a new advanced surgery that can help me. Or I can do it now and have a high chance of nothing positive happening. The doctor even said, if I had a big tear, the chance of being 100% is much greater than for what I did. I just don't want to be 45 and have made the wrong decision, yet I don't want things to be worse either. Am I naive to think there might be some sort of miracle breathrough in technology for these surgeries in the next 5 years? Anyone with any similiar injury as me care to shed some advice? At this point, I think stem cells might be the only thing in the future that could cure my injury, even if it's 50k, I would do it, I just want to live without this minor pain.