Thanks for all that information Scot. Fingers crossed that Andy makes his target of going to Miami for his winter training, even if it might not be for as long as usual. I can see him getting very
frustrated though. It won't be too bad right now because of the pain, but as this decreases and he starts to become more mobile, he's going to have to learn to be patient and not try to rush things.
From an article I came across, this is what a sports physio has to say about treating athletes -
We tend to find that athletes have a ‘can do’ attitude to their recovery and they always want to push themselves, because that is part of their character. They usually want to push the boundaries at each stage of the recovery period – whether it’s getting rid of crutches too soon or trying to run before the should. Their mental attitude is all about doing things faster and harder but that is not how recovery from injuries works, especially with something as delicate as the back/spinal nerves.
He also says -
The exact nature of Murray’s procedure will depend on the specific issues he has, the overall extent of problem and how much, if any, the nerve is affected. Some surgeries are more invasive than others but the main aim of most procedures like this is usually to ‘tidy up’ the disc and free up the nerve. From there it would be a matter of easing the inflammation and finding a balance between resting and mobilising the back to gradually get it moving again.
The recovery period is also hard to predict and, again, it depends on the severity of the problem. If the nerve has been compressed significantly then it could cause a bit of weakness in the muscles in the lower limbs. This would show in something as seemingly insignificant as being able to lift a toe but sport at the level Murray plays it is all based on tiny margins.
It may only take a few weeks to get back into training, but even so I think it’s very sensible that Murray’s team are already saying that he is unlikely to be back in time for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London in November. Even though this is probably a relatively minor operation, It’s important to manage Murray’s expectations as well as everyone else’s and not rush things.
So that means his fans managing their expectations as well. It might not be easy, but it's worth remembering that in seven weeks the season will be over anyway, and that we can look forward to seeing a fit and pain-free Andy back on court, hopefully at the beginning of next year.If anyone wants to read the full article here's the link
Interesting.......Thanks for that Aileen!