Over the past few weeks, two Mets pitchers—Steven Matz and Seth Lugo—have received PRP injections as part of their treatment of their respective injuries. This article will dive into what PRP injections are and the role they play in a recovery process.
What are PRP injections?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections helps the body heal as you use your own blood to facilitate faster tissue healing. Platelets are blood cells that are commonly known for creating a clot when you are bleeding. However, these blood cells also carry several enzymes and growth factors that can play a key role when tendons, muscles, and ligaments are healing. Tendons and ligaments do not have the best blood supply and therefore have longer healing times than other injuries; the better the blood supply to the area, the quicker the healing because blood carries all the healthy nutrients, enzymes, etc. necessary for a healthy recovery. PRP injections can be used to augment the blood supply to one of these blood-scarce areas, thus facilitating the tissue-healing process. The risk of these injections is relatively low as the body will not reject its own blood and a sterile environment/instruments will be used.