NY Yankee CC Sabathia Hopeful for 2015 Return to Pitching Lineup
New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia recently had his season cut short due to a recurring injury to his right knee. While originally thought to be suffering from a microfracture that could put his recovery and return to the mound into question, Sabathia’s recent surgery offered the pitcher and fans in the Bronx some good news and a bit of hope. Instead of the more serious microfracture surgery, surgeons removed a previously undiagnosed bone spur. In spite of continuing problems, Sabathia remains confident that he will be back in the lineup for the 2015 season.
As is typical with professional athletes suffering from knee injuries of this nature, Sabathia has very little cartilage remaining in his knee. This results in chronic inflammation and often requires regular draining due to fluid buildup and swelling.
Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy
The use of platelet-rich plasma injections to treat chronic injuries like Sabathia’s is becoming increasingly popular among professional athletes and the orthopedic surgeons who treat them. PRP (platelet rich plasma) contains a much higher concentration of platelets, which contain natural growth factors that can accelerate the healing process.
During the treatment, a blood sample ranging from 30-60 cc is taken from each patient and then placed in a centrifuge. After centrifugation the plasma is separated and the platelets extracted to prepare the concentrated dose for injection. It is then re-injected into the affected area—in Sabathia’s case his right knee—with the goal of the body responding to a concentrated form of its own healing agents for improved results.
So far, the results have been promising, and orthopedic surgeons are using PRP for a range of injuries and treatments including:
- Ligament and muscle injuries and tears
- Chronic tendon injuries
- Knee arthritis
- Soft tissue injuries
- Musculoskeletal pain
Even with PRP and stem cell injections, Sabathia’s knee will likely never recover to its pre-injury state, and may require ongoing maintenance and treatment for continued functionality. With less than three months to complete physical therapy before spring training begins for the 2015 baseball season, Sabathia and the Yankees management are cautiously optimistic that he will be able to return.
“He took the road more traveled, which is to do a clean-up and give him a chance to come back and self-correct, so to speak,” general manager Brian Cashman said. “Hopefully this procedure he just had, is good enough to return him to our rotation every five days starting next year.”
Professional athletes such as Kobe Bryant and Tiger Woods have also reportedly used platelet-rich plasma injections to treat injuries with positive results.
Contact an Orthopedic Surgeon in Los Angeles!
Want to know more about platelet-rich plasma injections and treatment for knee injuries in Los Angeles? Contact orthopedic surgeon Dr. Steven Meier at Meier Orthopedic Medicine today at (310) 777-7845 to schedule an appointment.
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