How long might it take?
Quite understandably, the first question most people ask following an assessment of their injury is how long will it take to get back to normal. With so many different variables it is almost impossible to provide a clear answer to this within one article. But with that aside, there are a number of ways of knowing what to roughly expect.
Minor injuries you might expect 2 to 3 sessions of physiotherapy; soft tissue injuries you would be looking more towards 6 to 8 weeks, as this is roughly how long it takes for soft tissue to heal in most cases; and more chronic or serious conditions taking 2 or more months of treatment depending on the level of progress being made.
Physiotherapy is far from a one-way street. Patients who progress the fastest tend to be those who commit wholeheartedly to completing the exercises and stretches prescribed by their physiotherapist, as well as making positive changes to their diet and sleep habits where appropriate. With only a short period of time spent together during each session, the time spent outside of the treatment room is just as important — if not more.
You will know that you’re nearing the end of your treatment when the following has taken place: pain has reduced or eliminated; it becomes clear that healing has occurred; function has improved; and the range of motion and the strength of the area in question has increased.