Tiger Woods’ road to recovery has finally brought him home.
The golf legend announced Tuesday that he is back home in Florida, where he will be continuing his rehab after his terrible car accident near Los Angeles that left him severely injured in his legs.
Woods thanked his medical team at both Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for their care.
Woods had previously been hospitalized since Feb. 23 when his SUV hit a sign on a winding residential street in Rolling Hills Estates, crossed two lanes of oncoming traffic and rolled into a gully. Woods, who showed no sign of impairment during the crash, reportedly has no memory of the crash.
Tiger Woods has a long way to go
It will be a while before Woods can even swing a golf club, let alone play competitive golf again. During the accident, he suffered several significant injuries, including compound fractures in both his right tibia and fibula that required screws, pins and a rod to be inserted into his leg.
Orthopedic surgeons told Yahoo Sports that Woods will likely need months of physical therapy to walk unaided from these injuries, and his recovery afterward could be a number of avenues. Woods’ care began at UCLA and then continued at Cedars-Sinai for orthopedic follow-up exams that were considered successful.
Athletes have previously suffered similar injuries, with one surgeon citing Alex Smith as a success story, but Woods’ age 45 is a major complication factor. Woods has already faced a decline and now he will try to fend off Father Time with all the metal in the bones of his right lower leg.
However, as many have pointed out, the importance of Woods’ future in golf pales in comparison to the importance of his general health.
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