Injuries indeed suck. They spoil your training, competitions, and even your daily life. They are frustrating, both physically and mentally. Even more, they usually take longer to heal than what you are willing to give them. However, insufficient rest or inadequate recovery after an injury predisposes you to a higher risk of future injury.
Injured tissues need time to heal. But how much time does it really take to recover? Depending on the injury, recovery time varies. Full recovery happens when an injury has gone through all phases of healing.
The phases of healing include protection phase, repair phase, remodeling phase, and ongoing repair and remodeling phase.
Protection Phase (Acute)
This occurs during the initial time of injury and while you’re in worst pain, bleeding and swelling. Here, your body aims to protect your injury from getting worse. Usually, the acute symptoms settle from 2 to 4 days post-injury. However, this may still vary depending on how you treat your injury.
Repair Phase (Sub-Acute)
From protection phase, the injured tissues start to repair. This is where your body lays down new soft tissue and reduces the need to protect your injury and the new scar tissue starts to mature and strengthen. This stage usually lasts up to six weeks after injury.
Your body continues to heal after six weeks post-injury. Although the healing tissue matures, it is not yet strong enough to keep up with your body’s physical demands. When a repaired tissue is still lacks strength, your body will automatically stimulate new tissue to help strengthen and support the healing tissue until it can be able to cope with your body’s physical demands. This stage occurs between six weeks to three months after injury.
Ongoing Repair and Remodelling
This happens for pain that lasts more than three months. If you stress your tissues with daily activities and workout, your soft tissue is constantly being injured. Your body will keep on repairing and remodeling the tissue to meet your specific exercise demands.
Improving Recovery Time
Healing from sports injuries takes time. Getting first aid treatment right after you get injured will help reduce your healing time and improve your full recovery. Healing times differ from person to person. Athletes and physically active people tend to have better blood supply and heal faster than people with chronic illness, smokers, and those with inactive lifestyles. A good blood supply plays an important role in recovery. It promotes healing because they carry nutrients, oxygen, and infection-fighting cells to the damaged area.
The Role of Rehabilitation
Healing injuries requires some level of immobilization. But immobilization shouldn’t be forever. The tissues would only grow weaker and less flexible if you don’t use them. Muscles may waste away and injured joints may stiffen.
Rehabilitation can help prevent these from happening. To rebuild strength, increase flexibility, and restore range of motion, your body needs rehabilitation. This way, you get to improve your physical condition and you can avoid re-injury as much as possible. Your Perth physiotherapist will work closely with you to make sure you get proper rehabilitation and be able to return to your sport.
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