One quick story/testimony on the pain stick. I tore my meniscus playing softball back in 2004. One Doc wanted to operate right away (and cash his check)
Drove up to Syracuse got a second opinion from a sports doc that recommended physical therapy. The long term effects of the injury take the most strain on my IT band.
Unless I'm working out every day or every other, that thing gets so tight and knotted. Started working out late this year to get back in "game shape" for the season and my IT-Band was the worse it's been a long time.
Tried to stretch it out, rolled it out on the foam roller, bath, muscle relaxers, kratom...nothing touched it, nothing. Finally (not sure why I forgot about it) I dug out the pain stick and within minutes the BEST relief I've had in weeks on that leg. Incredible!!!!”