How long does it take for a soft tissue injury to heal?
Healing is a continuum. At six weeks post-soft tissue injury your healing tissue is reasonably mature but as you stretch, strength and stress your new scar tissue it often finds that it is not strong enough to cope with your increasing physical demand.
The recovery time from grade 1 soft tissue injuries in one to two weeks and three to four weeks for a grade 2. Grade three soft tissue injuries require immediate assessment and treatment, with much longer recovery times. Recovery times can also depend on your age, general health and occupation.
- Ice. The benefits of applying ice are greatest within the first day or two after sustaining an injury. Apply a bag of crushed ice, a bag of frozen veggies, or an ice pack to your injury. It will help relieve pain and prevent swelling by decreasing blood flow to the area.
- Hard Tissue Injury. A hard tissue injury is also called a "fracture" and is defined as a "loss of continuity in the substance of a bone". Hard tissue injuries, also known as "fractures" are commonly referred to as "broken bones", or perhaps "cracked bones" in the case of stress fractures and hairline fractures.
- This can lead to different types of soft tissue injuries, such as:
- A strain, a stretched or torn muscle and/or tendon.
- A sprain, a torn or stretched ligament.
- A contusion or bruise.
- Tendinitis, the inflammation of a tendon.
- Bursitis, the inflammation of a bursa.
Updated: 25th November 2019