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This paper is a systematic review that compares corticosteroid injections and platelet rich plasma as possible treatments for lateral epicondylitis as well as plantar fasciitis. Studies were found through PubMed utilizing the terms platelet rich plasma and corticosteroids. Articles that did not compare the two treatments modalities or that included patients younger than 19 were excluded from the review. The results from the chosen studies were interpreted and compared to deduce the best treatment for lateral epicondylitis and plantar fasciitis. In conclusion, this research will provide valuable evidence for why platelet rich plasma is equivalent to if not better than corticosteroid injections for treatment of patients suffering pain from lateral epicondylitis or plantar fasciitis.
Elliott S, Hoskins J. Platelet rich plasma vs. corticosteroid injections in treatment of tendinopathies. JMU Scholarly Commons Physician Assistant Capstones. http://commons.lib.jmu.edu/pacapstones/2/. Published August 1, 2016.