Soft tissue injuriesSoft tissue injuries can take considerable time to heal across different phases.
Immediately after an injury, the body goes into protection mode to prevent further harm and typically lasts a few days. Up to 6 weeks after that, the body is in the repair phase, attempting to heal the damage done.
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From that phase until around 3 months, the body learns how to adapt to the aftermath of the injury in the remodelling phase. Recovery does not end there though, as the body is constantly cycling between repair and remodelling phases.
- A new soft tissue injury starts in the acute phase, with the main goal being to prevent additional damage.
- When an injury becomes sub-acute, the body starts building up new tissue, such as scar tissue, to protect the injury.
- As regular use stresses new tissue, your body will add onto and remodel it over time.
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"Soft tissue injuries are commonly categorised depending on the time frame since the injury and the healing processes that are occurring at that time."