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The PhysioRoom.com Prognostic Indicator provides a straightforward guide to how long sports people can be expected to be out of action when injured.

Please note :The times given are intended as a guide only and represent the 'textbook' injury. It should be remembered that there is no such thing as a typical injury and the prognosis in each case will be different. Check PhysioRoom.com for the latest information.

Choose from the following types of injuries:

Neck
Shoulder
Elbow, Wrist and Hand
Lower Back
Hip and Groin
Knee and Leg
Ankle and Foot

*GK indicates the expected recovery time for a goal keeper.

Neck Injuries

  MINOR MODERATE SEVERE
Cervical disc prolapse (Slipped disc)   6 weeks +
Whiplash 1-2 days 5-7 days 2 weeks

Shoulder Injuries

  MINOR MODERATE SEVERE
Acromio Clavicular (AC) joint sprain 1 week 4 weeks 6-8 weeks
Dislocated shoulder     6-8 weeks
Fractured collar bone     6-8 weeks
Fractured humerus     6-8 weeks
Rotator cuff (muscle problems) 2 weeks 4-6 weeks 8-12 weeks
Ruptured biceps tendon     12 weeks
Subacromial bursitis 1 week 2-3 weeks 6 weeks

Elbow, Wrist and Hand Injuries

  MINOR MODERATE SEVERE
Dislocated finger (Mallet finger)   2-3 weeks *GK 8-10 weeks
Elbow fracture     10-12 weeks
Golfer's elbow 1 week 3 weeks 6 weeks +
Tennis elbow 1 week 3 weeks 6 weeks +
Metacarpal fractures (hand fractures)   2-3 weeks *GK 8-10 weeks
Wrist fractures (Colles and Scaphoid)     6-8 weeks

Lower Back Injuries

  MINOR MODERATE SEVERE
Facet syndrome 2-3 weeks 3-4 weeks 4 weeks +
Sciatica 3-4 weeks 4-6 weeks 2 months
Spondylolysis (stress fracture)     2-3 months
Slipped disc 3-4 weeks 4-6 weeks 2 months

Hip and Groin Injuries

  MINOR MODERATE SEVERE
Abdominal strain (stomach muscle strain) 1-2 weeks 3-4 weeks 6-8 weeks
Avulsion fracture pelvis     8 weeks
Groin strain (Adductor strain) 1-2 weeks 3-4 weeks 6-8 weeks
Hip flexor strain 1-2 weeks 3-4 weeks 6-8 weeks
Hernia     8 weeks post-op
Iliopsoas Syndrome 1-2 weeks 3-4 weeks 6-8 weeks

Knee and Leg Injuries

  MINOR MODERATE SEVERE
Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL)     4-6 months
Calf muscle strain 1-2 weeks 3-4 weeks 6-8 weeks
Cartilage Tear (meniscal tear) 2-4 weeks 4-6 weeks 2 months +
Hamstring strain 1-2 weeks 3-4 weeks 6-8 weeks
Lateral Collateral Ligament Sprain 2-3 weeks 4-6 weeks 3 months
Medial Collateral Ligament Sprain 2-4 weeks 4-8 weeks 3 months
Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD)     3-5 months
Patella tendonitis 6 weeks 3 months 6 months +
Posterior Cruciate Ligament 4-6 weeks 6-8 weeks 3-4 months
Thigh strain (Quadriceps strain) 1-2 weeks 3-4 weeks 6-8 weeks
Tibia & Fibula Fractures     4-6 months +

Ankle and Foot Injuries

  MINOR MODERATE SEVERE
Achilles tendonitis 6 weeks 3 months 6 months +
Ankle sprain 2-3 weeks 4-6 weeks 6-8 weeks
Calf muscle strain 1-2 weeks 3-4 weeks 6-8 weeks
Fracture dislocation of ankle joint     6 months +
Os Trigonum Syndrome (floating bone in back of ankle)   3-4 weeks 6-8 weeks
Plantar fascitis 2-3 weeks 4-6 weeks 2 months +

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