St George Illawarra Dragons second-rower Tyson Frizell is enjoying the instant relief afforded from his recent back-surgery over the holiday period break.
The Wales international underwent the operation to correct a lumbar disk bulge after consultation with a surgeon prior to Christmas having carried the injury on-and-off for the majority of last season.
The local Corrimal Cougars junior and has since commenced his rehabilitation this week and is presently responding well to his light duties program involving both swimming and bike work.
Frizell was recently forced to rule himself out of the inaugural NRL World All-Stars squad due to the recovery process which includes a projected time frame of up to twelve weeks before he can commence any skills or contact training.
“It’s an injury that I was carrying quite a bit during last season and about three weeks into the pre-season it reoccurred,” said Frizell.
“Two weeks on from that it began to get a lot worse and ultimately I had to seek a surgeon’s opinion which was the best thing for me.
“I underwent the surgery just before the Christmas break and three weeks on from the surgery everything feels good.
“The surgery has provided me instant relief to the area and I have been able to walk around pain-free which brings a smile to my face.
“I’ve been informed that the usual recovery from this kind of surgery is up to three months depending on how everything pulls-up.
“We’re aiming for me at the moment to start the season but whether that takes a couple more weeks is something I will discuss with the medical staff.
“I want to make sure everything is alright so that something like this doesn’t happen again.
“I have been trying to remain fit by doing a lot of swimming as well as bike work as well as my assigned rehabilitation exercises.
“I had been looking forward to being a part of the inaugural NRL World All Stars team but unfortunately selection came at a time when I needed to get my body right and that was the decision I made.
“I didn’t want to have an up-and-down season again so surgery was ultimately the best thing for me.”