If there’s one thing I could talk people into, it would be getting a diagnosis when they have an injury and doing whatever they have to correct the problem, rather than working around it or working through it. I’ve had friend that were working around an elbow problem (tendonitis), only to make a lift and tear one of their bicep tendons.
Of course that advice is based upon having made the mistake of working around an injury. I went to press a weight that was well within my ability to handle and tore a rotator cuff muscle. I had it surgically repaired. The other shoulder I was having problems with, I was able to get ART (Active Release Technique) on and break up the adhesions and restore more nearly full ROM.
Whenever there is a muscular imbalance, one muscle is tight, and the other is weak. Correcting a muscular imbalance involves stretching the tight muscle and strengthening the weak one.
Even if you have insurance, surgery is an expensive proposition. There’s always the things/procedures/$$$s paid that the insurance company isn’t willing to pay for. There’s the time off of work. There’s the time you have to take off from going to the gym … not to mention the pain and inconvenience.
Ajax’s advice re the ART is excellent! Getting ART done to correct my structural problems/issues was a life-altering experience for me and corrected a bad shoulder, elbow and neck. Turns out they were all connected … literally and figuratively. If you’d like to find out more about ART, do a search here on the site. I wrote about my experiences in a thread called ART Case Study.
Best of luck to you, Kal-El & Butcher69!!!