Storm here with a hypothetical question for all of you:
Let’s say you injured your arm on Thanksgiving doing something stupid like, I dunno, lifting a piano up with one arm (never you mind why.) And let’s say that that arm was your weaker (left) arm, which is also the arm attached to the hand that you use to form chords with on a guitar (possibly a Martin DC-AURA guitar with a black Fender strap and medium stings. Slight scuffing on the pick guard but otherwise well-kept.)
Now suppose you were told that you had two options:
1. Get surgery that may or may not succeed, as too much scar tissue may have built up given the length of time since the actual injury. The procedure is likely to be painful, and will involve a lengthy recovery period, but if successful will put things back pretty much as they were. Low chance of complications and/or re-injury, but it is surgery under general anesthesia. Yes, there will probably be powerful prescription pain relievers involved afterwards. No, recovery does not include eating a lot of iced cream.
2. Rehab the arm as-is, with no surgery. Arm (and hand) will function perfectly well, with no loss of coordination or hand strength, and little to no loss of mobility. HOWEVER, that arm will only have 30% of its original strength. For the rest of your life. THE… REST… OF… YOUR………. LIFE.
You don’t have to make this choice quite yet, but you have a doctor’s appointment in the morning at which time you expect to be presented with the two scenarios (though it’s equally likely you will be sent to a specialist first, and it will be that physician who will lay out the options.) But having found an injury description that matches your symptoms exactly, and not being given to hypochondria, you may as well be gazing into a crystal frickin’ ball.
It begs a few intellectually-stimulating questions, doesn’t it? Posers like "do I really need that much left-arm strength?" Maybe. I dunno. Sure, opening pickle jars might require more planning. And you might have to fight a bear some day. Or society could fall apart completely, and then that lost 70% of left-arm strength would sure come in handy, wouldn’t it?
I dunno. But even if there are tons of people out there with far worse situations and choices, I’m still glad it’s just a hypothetical question.