i had a labrium tear followed by a surgical repair.
....it sucked!!! and still does, my surgery was not successful
i have elected to not undergo a second surgery (the first sucked that bad)
i currently live with pain rating from 2-3 out of 10 daily.
with that said kayaking a long HARD day usually only brings it up to 3-4 at the most.
Biking on the other hand is way worse. i have had to give up road biking. i traded my DeRosa Planet for a cyclecross bike (the positioning is more upright and puts less weight on my shoulder) that said long rides still make my arm go into first pain then numb then back to very painful.... it stays at a 4-5 for the next day or two.
MTN Biking does not hurt as much but raises my pain level.
Just remember that shoulder surgeries have the lowest success rate of all ortho surgeries. My surgeon wrote mine off as successful after 6 months of recovery, with me telling him the pain was still there after 6 months we did another MRI which showed the tear never healed... you can see the anchor and very clearly the tear. he then wanted to do another surgery.
yes, my doc should not have reported it as successful.
no, not all docs would have reported it this way.
yes the doctors are rated by their success rate.
so listen to crazy nate's last paragraph.