Harper Received Cortisone And PRP Shots From Dr. Andrews

During his visit to Dr. James Andrews recently, Bryce Harper received a shot of pain-numbing cortisone and an injection of platelet-rich plasma in his left knee.

May 16, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Washington Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper (34) prior to his at bat in the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The two shots serve distinct but critical purposes. Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is separated blood plasma with blood platelets added to it. It promotes healing within the knee. The cortisone shot helps numb any pain the knee may still be causing. Cortisone is now very popular among Nats fans, as many will recall how a shot to the shoulder turned Ryan Zimmerman‘s season around last year. Harper is now also wearing a knee brace, but only to put less pressure on the knee and allow it to rest. His status will be re-evaluated in a week.

Harper has been dealing with the knee’s swelling and pain since colliding with the wall in Dodger Stadium on May 13th.

Topics: Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals

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