NBC medical correspondent believes Tiger Woods may never recover mobility he had before crash

by Laura Mize · Feb 25th, 2021 11:22 am
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Last Updated Feb 26th, 2021 at 6:27 pm

Tiger Woods "truly might never get back that mobility he had before" his Tuesday vehicle crash, according to medical doctor and NBC news correspondent Dr. John Torres.

Woods was involved in a single vehicle crash on Tuesday where the SUV he was driving rolled over several times.

On the TODAY show on Wednesday, Torres discussed generally the types of injuries Woods sustained, the challenges such injuries normally pose, and how Woods's injuries might affect his golf career.

"He has around six weeks of recovery just from the fractures," Torres said. "If he had to get that ankle fused, or if he had any big procedures done to that ankle that are going to limit mobility, that's going to take longer to recover."

Torres said that potentially long-lasting limitations on mobility "could definitely impact the way he plays."

He also said traumatic leg injuries cause swelling that can cut off blood circulation and damage nerves. Without action in about an hour, amputation is sometimes necessary.

"So what surgeons do is they go in and basically release that pressure by opening up the muscle, exposing it to the outside so that it has a way to relieve the pressure, and that lets the circulation flow, that lets the nerve not be damaged," Torres explained.

High-level golf coach Pete Cowen told The Mirror he expects Woods, 45, to face an 18-month rehabilitation period. Walking miles on a hilly golf course will also be a challenge for Woods, not just taking good golf shots, Cowen said.


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