Chris Capuano Optimistic After PRP Injection

Chris Capuano receives Platelet-rich plasma injection (PRP Injection)

Last week, Chris Capuano received a PRP injection (platelet-rich plasma injection) in his strained right quadriceps.

After signing a $5 million deal with the New York Yankees, pitcher Chris Capuano received a big setback last week when he strained his right quadricep while covering first base in a game against Boston.

His manager Joe Girardi confirmed Capuano may be out for over a month. He went on to explain:

It’s going to be a while.  When I say a while, he’s not going to do anything at least for a couple of weeks.  The problem is it’s so early in the process, you’re almost going to have to start over.

Capuano has experienced a quad strain before, when he injured his left quadriceps in in 2004 when he was with the Brewers. When he experienced the same pain in his right side last week, he knew right away what had happened.

“I took off running for first, and as I was slowing down a step or two before the bag, I kind of reached for it with my right foot and that’s when I felt the sensation,” he recalled. “Anyone who has ever pulled a muscle running or something, you know pretty quick something is wrong, and there wasn’t a question of trying to continue to go on at that point.”

He didn’t waste any time seeking out platelet-rich plasma therapy to treat the injury and speed his recovery.

“We got the PRP injection today right on the spot, and the idea there is to hopefully speed healing,” he said Thursday morning outside the Yankees clubhouse. “It’s pretty stiff and sore today, 24 hours later, we’ll see. We’d love to be ready for the start of the season, but it might be a week or two in.”

Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is becoming more and more popular amongst professional athletes seeking to accelerate healing and reduce recovery time. PRP injection is a simple, outpatient procedure that typically takes about 30 minutes to perform. A small sample of the patient’s blood is withdrawn, then spun in a centrifuge to separate it into layers. The layer containing concentrated platelets, bioactive proteins, cytokines, and other growth factors (the platelet-rich layer) is extracted from the sample, then re-injected back into the site of the injury.

Metropolitan Pain Consultants specializes in regenerative therapies, including platelet-rich plasma injections. If you are currently experiencing pain due to a sports injury, contact us at 201.729.001 to schedule a consultation. Our pain specialists will be happy to discuss whether PRP therapy is right for you.

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