Are My Tissues Healing Properly After My Injury?

Are My Tissues Healing Properly After My Injury?

If you’ve ever had a soft tissue injury, you know how long it can take to finally get back to normal. Certain injuries are worse than others, but gauging a healing time is easier said than done. A lot of things can affect how your tissues heal, some of which can delay healing and cause other problems. 

At Commonwealth Musculoskeletal MedicineDr. Mark Conliffe and his team offer a variety of treatments for soft tissue injuries. If your tissues don’t seem to be getting any better, Dr. Conliffe provides several regenerative medicine treatments to help speed up your recovery time. 

Stages of tissue healing

When you suffer an injury, multiple tissues are affected. For example, a broken bone doesn’t usually affect only your bone; it also causes damage to muscles, tendons, and ligaments in some cases.

Each type of tissue heals at a different rate. The more severe the injury, the longer it takes to become fully healed and back to normal. If more than one type of tissue is involved, it also extends the healing time of your injury. Here’s a breakdown of the healing times for specific tissues:

Bone

Bone injuries range from mild to severe, depending on the bone affected. In less severe cases, bones may heal within six weeks. In more severe injuries, it can take up to three months for the bone to heal.

Cartilage

Cartilage protects your bones and joints and can take a while to get back to normal after an injury. Typically, it takes about 12 weeks for cartilage to heal, but in some cases, it can take longer.

Muscle

Minor muscle strains typically heal within a few weeks. The more severe the injury or strain, the longer it takes to heal. Some injuries can take up to six months to fully heal.

Tendon

Tendons typically heal within four to six weeks of the initial injury. However, the total length of recovery can be dependent on other factors.

Ligaments

Ligaments heal similarly to muscle injuries; the grade of the injury determines the length of time before it’s healed. It takes anywhere from three weeks to eight months for a strained ligament to return to full function.

Factors that affect healing tissues

There are a lot of factors that can affect the way your tissues heal. Not only does the specific type of injury affect the length of time it takes to rehab your injury, other things also play into your timeline, including:

In many cases, your damaged tissues are replaced with scar tissue. This leaves your tissues not quite the same as before your injury. Each type of tissue is different, meaning your healing times vary for a number of reasons. 

However, if you’re worried that your injury isn’t healing how it should, you should consult with Dr. Conliffe to determine if you have anything to worry about.

How regenerative medicine helps

If you’re concerned about how your injury or tissues are healing, Dr. Conliffe and the experienced team at Commonwealth Musculoskeletal Medicine can help. A variety of treatments can help you in your recovery, including regenerative medicine.

Dr. Conliffe offers several different types of regenerative medicine therapy to help your body harness its own healing powers. including:

Platelet-rich plasma

Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is a type of regenerative medicine that uses your own platelets to enhance tissue healing. Platelets contain potent growth factors that trigger your body’s healing response in the area of injury.

Dr. Conliffe takes a sample of your blood and spins it down in a centrifuge to separate your plasma and platelets from the rest of the blood components. He then injects the concentrated platelets into the injury to speed up the healing process.

Stem cell therapy

To obtain stem cells, Dr. Conliffe extracts bone marrow from your body. Bone marrow is rich in stem cells, which are basically blank cells. They have the ability to change into any cell that your body needs, including muscle, bone, tendon, and ligament cells.

Both stem cell therapy and PRP therapy have the ability to help your tissues heal faster and more efficiently than on their own. 

If you’d like to learn more about our regenerative medicine treatments, call our office today at 502-771-1012, or book an appointment online with Dr. Conliffe on our website.

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