The golfer was also spotted wearing a compression sleeve on his right leg, the one that shattered due to the impact of the crash.
A car crash in February 2021 left Tiger Woods hospitalized. The pro-golfer suffered some serious injuries due to the accident, including a shattered right leg. However, he is back home in LA after spending months in Jupiter Island, Florida to recover. According to Pop Culture, Woods was spotted moving around with the aid of a pair of crutches. A video by TMZ shows Woods landing at the airport in his private jet.
The golfer, 45, deplaned the jet with a little help from his girlfriend, Erica Herman, 37. Along with the crutches, he also wore a compression sleeve on his right leg. He was also spotted shifting his weight between both his legs.
There is no word on why Woods is back in town, but it's possible he's back for some follow-up treatments with some of the doctors who initially worked on the leg.
On Feb 23 of this year, Tiger Woods was in a single-car rollover crash on a steep roadway in a Los Angeles suburb, according to ESPN. As a result of the crash, he had to undergo a lengthy surgery that was done to repair "significant orthopedic injuries to his right lower extremity."
"Comminuted open fractures affecting both the upper and lower portions of the tibia and fibula bones were stabilized by inserting a rod into the tibia," said Mahajan, the chief medical officer and interim CEO at Harbor-UCLA. "Additional injuries to the bones of the foot and ankle were stabilized with a combination of screws and pins. Trauma to the muscle and soft-tissue of the leg required surgical release of the covering of the muscles to relieve pressure due to swelling," the doctor added.
Weeks after the incident, the golfer was back home, recovering from his injuries. "Happy to report that I am back home and continuing my recovery," Woods, 45, wrote in a statement shared to Twitter on March 17.
"I am so grateful for the outpouring of support and encouragement that I have received over the past few weeks," he added. "Thank you to the incredible surgeons, doctors, nurses and staff at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center," the golfer wrote. "You have all taken such great care of me and I cannot thank you enough," he added. Post-surgery, Woods knew he would have to undergo months of therapy to heal his injuries.
However, it wasn't very easy to endure. During an interview with Golf Digest in May, he revealed that rehab was a rather painful affair. “This has been an entirely different animal,” Woods said of the post-crash injuries. “I understand more of the rehab processes because of my past injuries, but this was more painful than anything I have ever experienced.”
When asked about his hopes of playing golf again, Woods had no comment, but said, “My physical therapy has been keeping me busy. I do my routines every day and am focused on my No. 1 goal right now: walking on my own. Taking it one step at a time.” However, he is grateful for the love he's been receiving from all over the world.
“It’s been incredible,” Woods said. “I have had so much support from people both inside and outside of golf which means so much to me and has helped tremendously.”
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