How Long Is It Going To Take To Get Better Sioux City

How Long Is It Going To Take To Get Better Sioux City

People always want to know how long it will take for their injury to get better. Improvement and recovery are influenced by a variety of factors listed below.



Severity – More severe conditions usually take longer to heal than less severe.

Pain Intensity– Pain that is an 8/10 usually indicates a more severe injury, and will usually take longer than if the pain that is graded 1/10.

Length of Occurrence– Injuries are much easier to address in the early stages.  Sprains and strains that have been occurring for two weeks usually respond faster than injuries that have been occurring for several months.  Long-standing injuries tend to have compensation spasms and habits that we need to overcome to help you heal properly.

History of Injury – If you have injured this area several times in the past, it suggests that you have developed bad habits, muscle spasms, and pre-existing conditions; chronic injuries are more difficult to fully recover from than a first time injury.

Location of Injury – Some injuries are easier to treat because of their location, while some injuries continue to be aggravated every day because of their location. For example, someone with plantar fasciitis on the bottom of their foot will continue to aggravate the injury every time they stand and walk. It is unlikely someone can avoid most of their standing and walking during home, work, or recreational activities. In the same way, a wrist sprain may be easier to rest if it is on the nondominant hand and is not used during the work day.

Work – If work postures, habits, or duties require using the injured area, healing will be delayed. Every time you use the area, it places stress and strain on the tissue, which further aggravates the injury.  Some jobs and duties make it almost impossible to limit use during the day; therefore, it will delay healing.

Recreation and Sports Activities – If you are going to continue being active, there is a balance between exercise and resting for therapy.  Continuing to run on an injured ankle will delay healing.  We understand that sometimes it is important to continue some running because you have a race coming up, but activity that goes beyond the current capabilities of the injured part will delay healing and extend the recovery time.

Personal Therapy Participation – The people who are more involved in their care always get better faster. Stretching and strengthening enhances healing and recovery.  If you are not performing your home activities, your recovery will be delayed and require more office treatments.

Ice – People who ice more always get better faster.  Ice decreases pain and inflammation, while enhancing tissue healing. It is not difficult to ice; it only requires dedication and consistency.

Life – Sometimes our lives require us to perform activities that will aggravate our injuries. For example, a severe low back sprain probably will not do well with a five-hour plane ride, sitting in meetings for two days, and flying the return trip home. Sitting in the plane and convention chairs will aggravate the back pain.  However, life happens and sometimes you just have to do it and limit the consequences and repercussions.

Consistency – Consistency with home, work, recreation, and office treatments helps the body to recover and heal. Skipping or participating sporadically will delay healing and result in more flare ups along the way.

Balance – It is a balance between the amount of good things you do in a day and the amount of bad things. Progress is made on good days.  Days when you do more bad things will result in going backwards.  We have to understand that some days we will move three steps forward. Other days we move one step forward, while other days we go three steps backwards.  In the long run, putting more effort into daily postures, habits, activities, and therapies help us to make leaps forward in our recovery. Many people feel they are too busy to include therapy, but then are frustrated with their recovery. However, we have to take responsibility for our daily actions and how itwill affect our healing.         

We will do everything we can to help you to recover faster and move forward in your recovery, but much of what has to be done will require consistency of effort from you at home and work.

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