I dislocated and tore the cuff at 56 after a fall from height.
They definitely wanted to operate.
I figured that's 6 weeks of rehab minimum, blew off the surgery, and put my effort at the rehab....But I DID it.
stretching, light weights, constant ROM, and eventually swimming
What really helped tho was a good myofascial release massage person who broke the last of the scar down
it was touch and go for about 5 months but i am quite happy...have to stay on it, along with the rest of me...that was 2 years ago...