Originally from another thread. I think it might be more helpful to me and more useful to others if we had a thread on how to get an accurate diagnosis of a condition or injury. My thoughts When I was younger and tougher (possibly more stupid) I tended to tough things out and not seek a diagnosis unless there was serious problem. This delayed my recovery because I did not manage injuries properly. It might also have lead to long term problems due to secondary injuries or mal adjustments due to my body compensating for the original injuries. So my first piece of advice - Sharp and/or chronic pain is your bodies way of telling you that you should go and see a medical professional. A martial artist needs to be mentally and physically tough to push themselves in training. But a martial artist does not need to be stupid and ignore pain. I don't think that it is an accident that healing and medicine is taught as part of traditional kungfu. I you are injured you can't train properly. which means you cant learn.