Jeremy Renner's Trainer Shares Details of Actor's "Excruciating" Pain and Recovery
The actor's "drive and determination" after almost dying in a snow plow accident have been life-saving.
Despite facing "excruciating" pain and discomfort, Jeremy Renner is miraculously on the mend following his harrowing snow plow accident that nearly left him dead. In a new interview with People, Renner's chiropractic sports physician and trainer, Christopher Vincent, MD, opened up about the actor's "drive and determination" as he embarks on a challenging road to full recovery. "I've seen so many people with injuries way less [severe] than Jeremy had, and they just give up," he told the outlet of Renner's positive energy. Unfortunately, Renner's high hopes aren't enough to erase all the pain. Here's how Vincent's team is treating the actor's injuries.
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The near-death incident left Renner with 30 broken bones.
In January, fans learned of Renner's life-threatening New Year's Day snow plow accident that resulted in "blunt chest trauma and orthopedic injuries," according to The Hollywood Reporter. The outlet reported that the Rennervations actor was airlifted from his Nevada home to Reno's Renowned Medical, where he underwent multiple surgeries.
"Morning workouts, resolutions all changed this particular new years …. Spawned from tragedy for my entire family, and quickly focused into uniting actionable love ❤️ I want to thank EVERYONE for their messages and thoughtfulness for my family and I," Renner shared on Instagram.
He continued, "Much love and appreciation to you all. These 30 plus broken bones will mend, grow stronger, just like the love and bond with family and friends deepens. Love and blessings to you all 🙏❤️🙏."
Vincent said Renner has been dealing with "excruciating" pain.
Speaking to People of Renner's progress, Vincent said the actor suffered "excruciating" pain while beginning his journey to recovery. "I mean, it's bad enough with one of those traumas. The fracture through his tibia was so severe that that alone … mentally you can't deal with that much pain," Vincent said.
The discomfort wasn't only affecting Renner physically, but mentally, too. "When you've got 30 of those, your body is just sending pain signals to your brain from every part of your body. You can't override them," Vincent explained. Learning how to "quiet" those pain signals down was one of the first things Renner had to tackle.
"It's happening 24 hours a day, so it's not like he gets a reprieve when he's sleeping," Vincent told the outlet. "It doesn't sleep, so it's affecting your sleep, and that lack of sleep is affecting your recovery."
Vincent turned Renner's home "into a full rehab center."
Given Renner's immobility, Vincent called in the big guns to transform the actor's home "into a full rehab center." An antigravity treadmill and NASA Boost Treadmill are among the many equipment machines that have been shipped to Renner's house in recent months. Currently, Vincent has Renner doing exercises that refrain from putting a lot of weight on his limbs—walking in and of itself is hard enough of a challenge for the actor right now.
Mediation, though, has been a big help for Renner. During moments of calm, Vincent said he and his team get Renner comfortably situated in bed and will move his shoulders, hips, and limbs to help "keep the joints from freezing up, keep him moving." He added that he also has Renner on an anti-inflammatory diet and supplements to help with swelling and pain.
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Renner's daughter is his "strongest motivator" to get his health back.
The Hawkeye star is surrounded by an incredible support system, but it's his 10-year-old daughter who is fueling his drive to get back on his own two feet. "You really reflect on life when something like this happens. It's like, 'Okay, what's important?'" Vincent said to People. He shared that Ava is one of her dad's "strongest motivators."
Renner's close friend Rory Millikin told People that "everyone's played a huge role" in getting the actor back to normal. After the accident, Renner's mom moved into the actor's L.A. home to help and Millikin soon followed suit. "My job is to create some laughter and joy," he shared, adding, "And cook badly."