Woods indefinitely out
(TSX) — Tiger Woods provided an update on his recovery from back surgery on his blog Monday, but said he has no idea when he will return to competition.
"My recovery from microdiscectomy surgery for a pinched nerve in my back is coming along, but it's a very slow process," Woods wrote. "I'm still sore. Not from the procedure itself but the incision. I just need to get back to my day-to-day activities, and that's it."
Woods said he has only done light putting and chipping so far.
"As far as taking a full swing, I have conference calls with my doctors every couple of weeks to see how my progress is and just kind of chart it out from there," he said. "Basically, you just follow a program. It's tedious because it's little rehab stuff, but you still have to do it."
He did not provide anything definitive about his return.
"As for my return to golf, I really don't know," Woods wrote. "Some people heal up in three months, some people take four months, some people take longer. I just don't know."
Woods said he and coach Sean Foley will discuss whether he needs to alter his swing to put less pressure on his back.
"That's up to Sean Foley and me on what we do," Woods wrote. "As far as limitations, it's a building process, just like when I came back from my knee and Achilles injuries. We have to make sure my back heals fine and I have the strength and mobility going forward.