The intense decrease leg accidents Tiger Woods sustained in a automobile crash on Tuesday usually result in an extended and dangerous restoration, calling into query his capability to play skilled golf once more, in line with medical specialists who’ve handled related accidents.
Athletes with extreme leg accidents thought to doom their careers have managed to return again — the quarterback Alex Smith returned to taking part in soccer final season after a grotesque leg break, and the golfer Ben Hogan returned many years in the past after a automobile accident.
However Woods’s accidents are extra intensive, and his path to restoration is strewn with severe obstacles. Infections, insufficient bone therapeutic and, in Woods’s case, earlier accidents and continual again issues might make a monthslong and even yearslong restoration tougher, and will cut back the probabilities that he’ll play once more.
In the accident near Los Angeles, Woods’s lower right leg was smashed and his right foot severely injured, and his leg muscles swelled so much that surgeons had to cut open the tissue covering them to relieve pressure, Dr. Anish Mahajan, the chief medical officer at Harbor-U.C.L.A. Medical Center, where Woods, 45, was treated, wrote in a Twitter message posted