Got the results of my MRI and I have one, and a partial tear of the bicep tendon in my left shoulder (I'm a southpaw). I've had this for at least a couple of years, didn't notice it too much last year because I had a hip replaced and didn't don't much of anything last summer. This spring and summer, in addition to a full golf calendar, I am coaching 7th and 8th grade softball, and of course at practice is where I notice it the most, because basically I can't throw overhand. As a coach I don't need to do much overhand throwing, just hit ground balls and fly balls. It doesn't bother me to golf (I'm a righty). I just stretch it out and it doesn't seem to be an issue (I do sometimes ice it afterward).
Seeing a specialist next week, so I haven't seen the MRI report, my doc told me over the phone and referred me, and my first questions will be, 1) how long can I live with this, 2) can I get by with just the exercises 3) will I risk further damage if I don't get it repaired? Like I said, I've had this a while and lived with it so far. If it's already torn, can it get any worse?
I can't imagine not golfing, and I already missed last season because of the hip. My doctor made it sound like arthroscopic surgery probably isn't a likely option with a full tear. I'm sure someone here has been through this. What are your experiences in dealing with it pre-surgery? (if and when after surgery happens, that will be a while new thread!). Thanks.