How Long Does it Take to Heal?


Have you ever wondered how long it takes for your body to heal after an injury?


Understanding the healing process is crucial for managing pain and optimizing recovery. It’s not just about treating the symptoms – it’s about effectively managing the tissues involved to not only help you cope with and treat your pain, but to also promote faster healing.

Understanding the Healing Process

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Furthermore, blood supply and tissue requirements play key roles in determining the speed of recovery. Tissues that have good blood supply, such as skin and muscle, tend to heal faster. Conversely, tissues with poorer blood supply, like ligaments, may take longer.


Nonetheless, every tissue does have a predictable healing time, albeit influenced by various factors that can either expedite or delay the process.


Now, let’s explore the diverse characteristics of various tissue types and their unique healing processes.

Different Types of Tissues and Their Healing Time

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  • Muscles are rich in sensors, which can significantly contribute to the pain experience.
  • Muscle health may deteriorate if underused or used incorrectly. Altered muscle activity is part of your response to injury and threat.
  • Muscles have a great blood supply, making them efficient healers.


After all, movement and protection are important to our survival.

Skin & Soft Tissue:
  • Damaged skin heals quickly.
  • Skin is usually very mobile and dislikes scarring.
  • Fascia, which lays beneath the skin, is a tough, strong tissue, that contain many danger sensors.
  • When you massage the skin, you are moving tissues and also sending useful impulses to the brain.


So, movement and touch are useful ways to refresh your ‘virtual’ and actual body.


Bone & Joint:
  • Joint pain varies in sensation, and is often described as ‘grinding’, ‘stabbing’, ‘compressed’, and ‘aching’. and speed of damage.
  • The speed of joint damage is a crucial factor in pain perception. Slow changes may not trigger the brain’s danger response. Dislocations and fractures are usually painful, but people with worn joints may not feel discomfort.
  • Smashed bones can heal, sometimes stronger than before, and the most of the repair process can be accomplished within 6 weeks.
  • Joints love movement and regular compression, which is essential for joint health.


All in all, movement distributes the slippery joint fluid and cartilage loves the pumping compression.

Peripheral Nerves:
  • The ligament part of a nerve has danger sensors in it just like any ligament in the body.
  • When a nerve is injured and your brain computes (rightly or wrongly) that more sensitivity is required for your survival, your DNA may produce more stress sensors. This can lead to heightened nerve sensitivity, influenced by different stress states.
  • Injury factors include cutting, compression, chemical irritation, and a sustained reduction in blood supply.
  • Nerves glide throughout the body as you move. Any injury or issues disrupting this movement can result in pain during movement.
  • Nerves thrive on mobility, and activities like yoga and tai chi encourage this.


While scans and tests may not always detect nerve damage, minor issues can still cause significant discomfort. Common symptoms include:


  • Tingling sensations.
  • Occasional burning pain.
  • Nighttime discomfort in the hands and feet.


Key Takeaway:

Movement is crucial for tissue healing!


To receive personalized exercise recommendations for your specific tissue type, please feel free to contact our office at 619-260-0750 or email us at to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced physical therapists.