A fork in the road
You may be tempted to just rest and see if it gets better on its’ own, but this can delay your recovery-possibly requiring more treatment if it becomes a chronic condition.
Your friends or family may have some helpful advice after experiencing something similar. Although their condition may have been similar, it might not be the same. Making an accurate diagnosis requires a high level of knowledge and skill, as well as, a hands-on assessment. However well-intentioned their advice is, an incorrect diagnosis not only carries the risk of prolonging your recovery but also has the potential to cause further harm. (Tip: massage may not be what you need for that muscle pain and could potentially make your condition worse).
Dr. Google has become a ‘go to’ for many. The internet can deliver a lot of information making one feel they are better equipped to know how to manage their injury, but this information can be misleading (Remember: you need an accurate diagnosis before you can determine what the best treatment is). Consideration of your personal factors, medical information and how you present clinically is imperative when developing an effective treatment plan. Don’t rely on guesswork when searching for an answer on the net, see a physiotherapist instead.