Question: I have torn cartilage in my shoulder (“slap”) and the doctor says the only thing I can do that will be lasting is surgery. Do you have exercises that will help me so I don’t have to do surgery?
How are you now? You may need strengthening exercises to improve the strength and control of the rotator cuff and shoulder blade muscles check this out! http://exercisesforinjuries.com/great-safe-exercises-for-the-rotator-cuff/
Your therapist will help you retrain these muscles to keep the ball of the humerus in the glenoid. This will improve the stability of your shoulder and help it move smoothly during all your activities.
You may need therapy treatments for four to six weeks. Most patients are able to get back to their activities with full use of their arm within this amount of time.
Treatment choices will depend on the severity of your symptoms. Some people recover with conservative treatments in a few weeks, while others may require arthroscopic surgery to repair or remove the torn portion of the labrum. It all depends on your doctor's request. Hope you're doing great and take care!