Stages of Healing Handout

There are three stages of healing following an injury: inflammatory, proliferative, and remodel. Each phase of healing may take different amounts of time depending on the extent of the injury and tissue(s) injured. Recognizing which phase of healing you may be in is important for a speedy recovery. Be sure to ask your chiropractor about which phase of healing you are in during your journey to recovery.

Inflammatory stage: 1-2 weeks after injury

Proliferative stage: 2-4 weeks after injury

Remodeling stage: 4th week and beyond

Resources
Caudill MA. Managing Pain Before It Manages You. Rev ed. New York: Guilford Press; 2002.