How long does it take to recovery from injury? That’s a question I get asked almost daily. Here’s my response:
It doesn’t go from acorn to oak tree overnight.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
A difficult part of recovering from injuries is that there are certain components of them we’re unable to control, such as our age, the type of tissue that was injured, the blood supply to a specific tissue, and the extent of the damage.
Tissue healing is classified into 3 phases: inflammatory, proliferative, and the remodeling (maturation) phase. There is a lack of a unanimous definition of the duration of these three phases. Generally, the inflammatory phase is from day 0 – day 6. The proliferation phase is from day 6 – day 24. And the remodeling phase is from day 21- 2 years.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
While we can optimize our body’s ability to heal with things like appropriate nutrition, sleep, movement, etc., we can’t speed up these biologic and physiologic processes. It can be difficult to maintain patience and trust the process but remember, “It doesn’t go from acorn to oak tree overnight”.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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