I can’t tell you how many clients come into my office with different opinions, diagnosis and advice from friends, relatives, shop keepers, hair dressers and random salesmen that cross their path. All these people seem to have some kind of opinion on what is wrong with you. The reality is that most people give their advice based on personal experience, not medical knowledge. Granted, sometimes they are right and have some useful information about a subject. Most of the time friends can complicate, confuse and scare you when it comes to a new pain or condition.
When it comes to a new ache, pain or injury, do your research, but ask a professional. If you can treat the right thing first your recovery can be greatly accelerated, not to mention lower the anxiety of “Is that bump a tumor or a bruise?”