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“Great, but when can I Run Again?” Breaking Down Various Injury Timeframes for Returning to Running

Doctors of Running Podcast, Episode 163

The majority of runners will get injured every year, and the first question we often find ourselves asking is, "how long until I can run again?" In this episode, Matt & Nathan broadly explore the healing timeframes for a variety of common injury types. They give an insight into what's happening at a cellular level when we get injured and then heal over time. Then they dive into how long it takes common tissue types (muscles, tendons, bones) to heal from differing severities of injuries. Finally they give you some practical tips and tests to asses your own healing process from their hands-on experience as PTs.


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0:00 - Intro 
4:35 - An overview of tissue healing timeframes 
10:32 - How does time play a role in the healing process 
13:24 - What to do during the acute injury phase 
17:30 - The sub-acute phase 
20:34 - The maturation/remodeling phase 
24:14 - Healing timeframes for muscles 
30:48 - Healing timeframes for tendons 
38:32 - Healing timeframes for bones 
41:16 - Criterion-based progression to rehab 
47:34 - How can we know that we're ready to return to running? 
55:46 - Wrap-up


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