Talk about the most successful sportsmen and women on the planet and one thing stands out. Most, if not all, of them had to overcome great challenges. Take injuries for instance. It is a challenge that cuts across the board. That is, it does not spare anyone – from weekend warriors and amateurs to professional athletes and even trainers, injuries occur. It gets worse with the fact that most sports injuries crop up when one least expects. The best one can do is to get the beast treatment and rehabilitation in a bid to expedite healing. This may mean being under the care and supervision of skilled and experienced sports doctors. But even then, just how patient should one be? How long will it take for one’s injury to heal? The answer depends on so many factors.
Sprains & Strains
Sprains and strains stand out as the most common sports related injuries. They mostly affect sportspeople who participate in extreme sports. Ankle sprains, hamstrings and groin pulls fall under this category. Generally referred to as muscle pulls, sprains and strains involve sudden ligament and tendon stretching beyond their normal limits.
To quickly heal from a sprain or strain, one needs proper at home treatment and adequate rest. The injury may last for a week or two. Severe cases take up to 3 months before one is fully fit. The most important thing for one is to quickly identify the type of injury sustained. Then ice the affected area to relieve pain and restrict further activity.
They are common in athletes mostly because of the speed involved in athletics. The Anterior Cruciate Ligament, which is the connective tissue responsible for stability inside the human knee gets affected each time one sustains a ligament tear around the knee area. This affects speed and may even be accompanied with severe pain. It is often accompanied by a pop sound which can be suddenly felt when you’re running. Sports doctors categorize ligament tears under three main categories. The more sever a ligament tear is, the longer it will take to heal. The prognosis after treatment and rehab is usually within the range of 2 to 3 months when the Anterior Cruciate Ligament partly torn.
It may sound strange but sometimes fractures (broken bones) take less time to heal than muscle tears, severe sprain and strains. For instance, a broken finger can heal in 3 or even 4 weeks. A broken arm on the other hand may take up to six months. It may also require thorough rehabilitation. It all depends on which born was fractured and the intensity of the injury.
There are so many other factors that determine how long a sports related injury can heal. Age is a good example. Younger athletes heal faster compared to their ageing counterparts. There are other underlying factors as well such as diabetes which can also take a toll on how long an injury takes to heal. Whatever the case, always consult a doctor especially when an injury is accompanied by severe pain.