I am curious. I've played forever and a year ago injured my left shoulder. This makes playing all kinds of annoying. But, have been getting steroid injections every 5-6 months and no big worries. I've had an MRI done and found I've got a torn ligament which was probably made worse by the PT I was assigned to. The doctor keeps suggesting surgery but since it's the left shoulder, I have not heard of many who have been able to recover fully enough to continue playing the Violin afterwards.. This is my livelihood. And I keep being told things have advanced a bit in the surgical field and how it's not as big deal as a decade ago. I'm skeptical.
Granted, the majority of folks I've known who have had surgery on their shoulders was maybe 15-20 years ago and always spelled the death of their own livelihood.
Can Violinist/Violists share their experiences? What am I looking at in terms of being able to return to playing full time, or would that be futile?
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