retrospectively I wished I had found this forum pre and post operatively last year (2011). Tania (alpine bunny) gave me the heads up and I am impressed about the similarity/s world wide (relatively anyway) re treatment (or lack thereof).
It's a hard road for sure but there is no way to circumvent the process as I am reminded by the posts of others.
March 2011 I avulsed proximal attachments doing the "splits" whilst surfing. Initially misdiagnosed (as a "strain") until an ultrasound and then MRI confirmed same. Had surgery around 2 weeks later. There was little available pre and post op education provided and much of what followed was customized based on protocols I found through various medical journals.
That said, the initial expected outcomes were less than positive (you'll have to give up this sport and that sport etc etc) although the Surgeon at a post op assessments stated that you can do most things within 10 - 12 months.
He was right. Back to work after 4 months (I am a Registered Nurse). Skiing at 6 months post op. Surfing at 10 months post op. Performance about 90% pre injury.
Surgery was essential for any optimal functional outcome and I am grateful to the Surgeon getting on with it before our equivalent of Workers Compensation (ACC here in New Zealand) had a chance to quibble about the costs. I would have paid somehow anyway given that surgery was the best (and only) way forward for me.
Not everyone will have the best outcome/s even with surgery but you will never know unless you go.
Life does get better (would not have believed it at the time of injury).
Mick Fanning (WCT surfer and two time world champ) had this injury in 2004. 6 months post repair and rehab he won a major contest and still then went on win the aforementioned world titles. There is hope.
Thanks for sharing and, whatever you do, keep going. There is plenty of ignorance out there so I would say stick to this forum for the " good oil ".