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How many sessions of Physio will I need?

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Ah, the age-old question!

How many physiotherapy sessions will it take to recover from an injury?

Fortunately/unfortunately, as with most things in life, the answer is: “it depends”.

We know that might not be the answer you’re looking for. But, please read on to learn more.  

Different injuries require different levels of treatment, and the number of sessions needed will vary depending on the nature and severity of the injury, your overall health, how compliant you are with treatment and a host of other factors.

For example: a minor sprain or strain may only require a few sessions to get back on track, but if it’s a recurring injury, recovery be a lot more complex, therefore taking more time.

Ie. A small fall might only need a couple of sessions, but if that was in an elderly patient, recovery might require balance and proprioception training on top of treating the injury.

On the other hand, a more serious injury, such as a torn ligament or a broken bone, may require several weeks or even months of treatment to fully recover. But then nothing after that – it all, well, depends. 

The good news is that physiotherapy is a highly effective form of treatment for many injuries, and can help to reduce pain, improve mobility, and speed up the healing process. So, while it may take some time and effort, with the help of a skilled physiotherapist, you might even come out the other side of your injury stronger than before.

Of course, there are no guarantees when it comes to recovery times, and everyone’s journey is different. 

So, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty with a few examples.

Example 1: ACL Rupture

Recovering from an ACL rupture can take several months of physiotherapy treatment. The number of actual sessions required might vary depending on the severity of the tear, whether surgery was performed or not, the patient’s age and overall health, and their level of physical activity.

Example 2: Minor Ankle Sprain

Recovery time for a minor ankle sprain on the other hand can range from a few days to several weeks. Usually, the first few sessions focus on reducing pain and swelling, and restoring range of motion. But as healing begins, exercises are then incorporated and aimed at preventing future injury.

In both of these two examples, the patient’s diligence in performing their exercises and following advice around rest, strapping, elevation, and so on, makes a big difference to the quality and duration of their recovery.

Our Big Takeaway

But here’s the thing.

If it takes a few months (or even a year) for your injury to heal well, the same amount of time will have passed as if you didn’t invest time and effort into healing.

Whether it’s weeks or months from now, our physiotherapists are here to help you.

Call us on 9982 – 6555 to make an appointment or book online www.thatphysio.com.au

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