The famous scientist Hans Selye said that “Every stress leaves an indelible scar, and the organism pays for its survival after a stressful situation by becoming a little older.”
Hans Selye is responsible for the science behind the general adaptation syndrome.
His science is correlated to your question as soft tissue injuries are generally cumulative.
With a soft tissue injury, the recovery process would be dependent upon the degree of the injury and/or musculoskeletal condition. Strains, sprains, tears and ruptures undergo remodelling differently. In osteoarthritis soft tissue is damaged, however, the remodelling process is much different than a strain or a sprain. Factors such as age have to be taken into consideration as well as after a certain age the body doesn’t produce chondrocytes and that would have a bearing on recovery.