Re: Shoulder Injuries
To me, surgery is a last resort. I can do almost anyhing I want to. I always ask Nage to becareful with certain movements and will make sure to stabilize my shoulder, as in the four-corner throw for example.
As for GP's (UK) or PCP's (US), we're like everybody else. There are the good and the bad. Unlike specialists, we have to know a little about everything. The key is knowing your limits, the patient's desires/needs and the available services. A fresh injury without major exam abnormalities does not need to be seen by an orthopedist right away. My initial treatments are the same as the orthopods in my area. On the other hand, if the patient has had conservative therapy without improvement it's time to send them along.