I think we're getting off track here and getting more into who is right. This is not what I am going for, my apologies if I gave that impression. But you have in your response the point I am trying to make about going to a doctor. Make sure you know what the injury actually is before you get it treated. You mentioned x-rays, that is more to my point. You need the professional opinion of a medical professional, Which is why in a previous response I was not at all for going to a massage therapist, they have no idea what your injury is, unless you have had it evaluated, previously by a medical professional, who then recommended a massage therapist. Speaking as one who has has also dealt with a multitude of injuries over the years, both with and without medical advice and sometimes against medical advice, you need a professional medical person evaluation of your injuries and they also need to be honest enough to tell you exactly what they can and cannot do. And an orthopedic doc who jumps directly to a surgical solution may or may not be acting in the patients best interest, which is why you may also need a second opinion. Same goes for a Chiropractor too. I have been to chiropractors that help me immensely and I was at the same chiropractor again when the same injury occurred later, who did more damage than good. But then I have also been to orthopedic docs who were way off the mark too in something that was bloody obvious to every other medical person I knew (I worked in a hospital at that time) Today I have a great Orthopedic doc I go to if necessary and I am married to a Traditional Chinese Medical Doctor as well, so I have some advantages that others do not, I get free TCM. Bottomline and the only point I am trying to make to the OP is, don't ask a bunch of nameless faceless martial artists, who are for the most part not trained in medicine, for medical advice about an injury. When injured, go to a medical professional for an evaluation and let the Pro tell you what to do. And then, if you don't like it, go to another medical professional and see what they have to say. And if they agree, or if you got a good eval in the first place, here is the big thing that I was guilty of not doing in my youth, listen to the medical advice they give you and follow what they tell you, you might just get better and not have to deal with the pain of the injury again. Don't listen (and this is the voice of experience) expect to get hurt again, likely worse than the first time.