How Long Does it Take to Get Better?
The average injury takes 6-12 weeks to show good improvement. That being said, long-standing injuries can sometimes take 3-4 months, and in some cases as long as a year.
Here’s an example of what your journey might look like.
Step 1: Stop Googling. The internet – while great – is very generic and can provide you with surface-level advice at best. Book an appointment with a professional. You won’t regret it.
Step 2: Fill out your online intake form (no paper here!) and visit us in person, or virtual!
Step 3: Your Initial Assessment is a full hour. This gives you a chance to tell us your whole story with all the nitty gritty details. We’ve always got plenty of questions for you, too. We’ll put you through some tests and then tell you what is going on. You’ll receive some First Day Homework to get working on! You’ll leave feeling confident about having a proper diagnosis and plan. You’ll say, “I wish I’d come sooner”!
Step 4: Come back for your follow-up appointment 7-10 days later. This appointment is even more important than the first because we can test our and confirm that we’re on the right track. Today, things will feel better, worse, or the same since the first appointment and with doing your homework. Depending on this, we’ll push on with more advanced manual therapy, acupuncture, or Shockwave therapy, or dial back a little. We usually suggest seeing you again in another week.
Step 5: Things are usually starting to feel better by now as we’ve started to confidently solve your problem. We’ll continue with the best choice of manual therapy, progress homework, and – if you’re a runner who’s been off – talk about running again! This is usually about 3 weeks from your first appointment.
Step 6: By the fourth appointment, you’re getting more confident. We might suggest a running analysis today to start to learn more about how you’re running. If your goal is something different, we might try to mimic that movement to specifically hone in on the problem spots. You’re feeling good.
Step 7: Most of our patients come for 4-8 appointments spread out over 2-4 months; sometimes more, sometimes less. We do not believe in having you come multiple times per week (unless truly warranted!) – we’d rather equip you with the knowledge of what to do on your own to help yourself feel better, rather than have to rely on us. We also love keeping long-term relationships with people who come in every few months for a “tune-up” session. It’s your body and it’s your life – you should feel good. We pride ourselves on holding integrity and treating honestly.
Have specific questions? Our owner and Physiotherapist Lauren Roberts would love to hear from you. She can be reached at email@example.com.