Ever Wondered How Long Your Injury Will Take To Heal?

Healing Timescales

Ever wondered how long your injury will take to heal?

Based on the current science, research and our experience at Jonathan Clark Physiotherapy, below lists how long 20 of the typical injuries that we see take to heal with a comprehensive physiotherapy treatment plan in place.

If you have any of these injuries, book in for a 60 Minute Initial Consultation and Treatment today by either calling our friendly reception team on 02381300260 or alternatively you can book online.

We’ll get you on started on the correct treatment plan right away, allowing you to overcome your injury and return to the activities you love quickly, and safely.


Exercise Muscle Soreness (DOMS)

0-3 days

Muscle Strains

Grade 1 2-3 weeks
Grade 2 2-3 months
Grade 3 3-6 months
Surgical Repair 6-12 months

Ligament Sprains

Grade 1 2-4 weeks
Grade 2 2-3 months
Grade 3 3-12 months
Surgical Reconstruction 12 months

Tendon Injuries

Reactive Tendinopathy 4-6 weeks
Tendon Dysrepair 3-6 months
Degenerative Tendinopathy 6-12 months
Tear 3-6 months
Rupture +/- Surgical Repair 4-12 months


4-6 weeks

Tennis and Golfer’s Elbow

3-12 months

Plantar Fasciopathy

6-18 months


Bony Injuries

Stress Fracture 6-8 weeks
Fracture 6 weeks – 4 months
Bony Bruising 1-2 months

Meniscal Injuries

Meniscal Tear (Red Zone) 6-8 weeks
Arthroscopic Meniscal Repair 3-5 months
Meniscectomy 4-6 weeks

Cartilage Injuries

Minor Cartilage Injuries 6 weeks
Cartilage Repair Surgery 3-6 months

Shin Splints

3-6 months

Shoulder Impingement Syndrome

3-6 months

Frozen Shoulder

18-24 months


2-6 weeks

Whiplash Injury

90% of Whiplash Injuries 4 weeks – 3 months
Remaining 10% of Whiplash Injuries > 6 months

Acute Lower Back Pain

Acute Lower Back Pain 6 weeks
Recurrence Rate Without Physiotherapy 33% chance of recurrence

Disc Bulge or Herniation

95% of Cases 3-12 weeks
5% of Cases 12 weeks – 2 years

ITB Syndrome

4-8 weeks

Piriformis Syndrome

6 weeks