Focused Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy Better Than Placebo to Relieve Pain in Patients with Chronic Plantar Fasciitis
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Am Fam Physician. 2015 Oct 1;92(7):635.
Is focused extracorporeal shock wave therapy effective in relieving pain in patients with chronic plantar fasciitis?
In this study, unlike others, patients with chronic plantar fasciitis treated with extra-corporeal shock wave therapy had greater pain relief than those treated with placebo. (Level of Evidence = 1b)
The outcomes of treating plantar fasciitis with extracorporeal shock wave therapy have been mixed, and the overall improvement has not been believed to be clinically important. These researchers, most of whom had ties to the manufacturer of the ultrasound equipment used in this study, were convinced that their approach would be better,
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