As we posted over the weekend, Crowe broke his left upper arm and a bone in his elbow when he slipped stepping down from his tour bus. The band took him back to Lousiville, where a temporary cast was placed on his arm, and he received treatment for the severe pain resulting from the breaks.
The doctors in Lousiville recognized that reconstructive surgery for the elbow would be required, but the decision was made to let Crowe return home and consult with his personal physicians before making any further treatment plans. The surgery took place on Wednesday (2/23) and was successful. The doctors expressed satisfaction with the post-surgical X-rays, and have directed that a therapy regime start right away.
JD is resting comfortably now at home. Of course, he will be unable to perform on the banjo for some time.
New South manager Mike Drudge shared a few additional details about Crowe’s condition, and the band’s plans for the interim.
“I spoke with JD today and he is in good spirits and anxious to get healed and playing again. He is able to move his fingers and wrist even with the cast in place.
When he returns to the stage is solely dependent on how his recovery goes in the coming weeks. In the short term, a substitute banjo player will be lined up to fulfill existing dates in the calendar. The Jonesborough, TN date originally scheduled for Feb. 26 has been rescheduled for February 2012. The Milton, WV date on 3/5 will be played by The New South with sub banjo player Johnny Lewis.
We are working on a sub for additional dates and hopefully we can announce that information soon.”
Heal fast, banjo man!