Tissue Healing Time Frames

Tissue Healing Time Frames

If you’ve had an injury you’re probably wondering how long it will take for your body to get better.

Here is a rough timeframe to expect:

Tissue type vs Range of time for healing

Muscle – 2 to 4 weeks
Tendon – 4 to 6 weeks
Bone  – 6 to 8 weeks
Ligaments – 10 to 12 weeks
Cartilage –  Around weeks
Nerve – 3 to 4 mm per day

Use this as a Guideline

Now, it is important to realise that with most injuries or traumas there is more than one tissue type involved. In reality healing isn’t as straightforward as a textbook graph. You may need to consider the different types of tissue involved, your previous experiences or traumas to the area, the worries and concerns that you have related to this particular injury (psychological factors play a big role too), your current workload, ability or inability to rest, to just name a few. The above time frames are guidelines only and it is sensible to listen to your body, be kind to yourself, and talk to your therapist about how to best manage your injury through its healing process. A good rehabilitation can help prevent re-injury, dysfunction and lower the risk of chronic pain.

Hands-On help

Through this time specific targeted exercises given by a physiotherapist or exercise physiologist as well as some hands-on treatment with a physio and/or remedial massage therapist can be key to championing you through a positive rehabilitation phase.

Exercises specific to injury rehabilitation can help muscle and tendon by stimulating blood through the muscle tissue to encourage healing. Tendons respond well to eccentric exercises with the right amount of tension stress from muscle contraction. A targeted exercise program is also important for correcting muscle inefficiency/imbalances, building strength and training the body to function in the best possible manner thereby helping prevent mechanical stress on the musculoskeletal system.

Bone growth and healing requires managed weightbearing and loading; cartilage to some extent needs some load-bearing also. It is vital to start with the appropriate level of loading for all injuries and progress gradually and consistently from there. Your physio will be able to guide you through the right amount of loading and knowing when to progress.

Hands-on therapy helps to manage and decrease pain, encourage softening of unnecessary tension, promote the body’s natural healing processes via therapeutic touch to the tissues, improving range or freedom of movement and overall enable better quality function.

So, if you haven’t already, book in and talk to your therapist about how to best support yourself through healing. Be consistent with the exercise program given to you, be patient with yourself, and know that it’s okay if your healing time varies a bit from the textbook.

Written by Anna Zayas – Remedial Massage Therapist

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Our Response to Covid-19

This page is up to date to our best knowledge, however, this is a rapidly evolving situation so we apologise for any potential delay in updating this information.

We want to reassure all our patients that we are following stringent infection control procedures in our clinic, and screen all people coming into the clinic, to exclude any patients that have any signs or symptoms consistent with Covid-19, as well as screening any patients that should be in isolation ie recently returned from overseas, or have been advised to isolate due to recent exposure with a known Covid-19 patient.

All our staff have now completed the Department of Health Covid-19 Infection Control Training.

What are we doing to minimise risk?

  • Screening patients for risk factors over the phone or through text messages before they attend appointments. Those with risk factors or symptoms are advised not to attend & to seek medical advice.
  • Hand sanitiser station at the front of the building must be used before you enter.
  • Following stringent infection control measures within the clinic. This includes
    • Disinfecting all beds, door handles, EFTPOS machine before and after each patient use.
    • Linen changed between each patient and commonly touched surfaces through the practice are cleaned regularly throughout the day.
    • Minimising the distances between clients in the waiting room- some chairs are outside undercover.
  • We have advised our team members not to come to work if they have cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • We are following all Department of Health recommendations for our type of business.

On the 30th March 2020 – the Australian government issued a statement that “People aged over 70, aged over 60 with pre-existing conditions, or Indigenous people aged over 50 should stay home wherever possible for their own protection.”

The decision to come in for physiotherapy treatment really is an individual one – if you feel that your treatment is medically necessary, and are comfortable with the risks of leaving your home and coming to physiotherapy, then rest assured that when you attend our physiotherapy clinic, we are following our strict infection control processes and doing everything we can to minimise your risk whilst in our care. However, we completely understand if you are not comfortable with coming in for treatment.

TELEHealth Consultations

We are offering telehealth consults and home visits (where suitable) for patients who cannot attend our clinic.

Read more about TELEhealth Consultations here.

Staying Healthy

  • Wash your hands often (and for 20 seconds) with soap and water
  • Cough into your elbow or use a tissue to cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze
  • Social distancing practices – Avoiding close contact with others, such as touching, including shaking hands
  • Limit contact with people who are sick, and stay home if you are sick and encourage employees to stay home when sick
  • Get 7-8 hours’ sleep a night to help your immune system stay strong
Please stay safe and take care of each other!

We are monitoring the situation very closely and will make adjustments to our business as we are further informed. Our priority is the health & well being of our patients and our staff. Thanks for your understanding.

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