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Extracorporeal shock-wave therapy (ESWT) with a new-generation pneumatic device in the treatment of heel pain. A double blind randomised controlled trial.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18411608     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Although low-energy extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) is widely used to treat a variety of soft tissue disorders, no precise algorithm has been accepted in clinical management. Furthermore, the clinical use of a new generation pneumatic device has not yet been evaluated. We performed a double blind randomised controlled trial on a group of 25 patients with heel pain from chronic plantar fasciitis, to assess the efficacy of ESWT. The main outcome measure was the patients' subjective assessment of pain by means of a Visual Analog Scale (VAS) and the Roles and Maudsley Score before ESWT, early after treatment and six months later. There appeared to be a significant placebo effect with low-energy ESWT in patients with heel pain, and there was also lack of evidence for the efficacy of ESWT when compared to sham therapy.
Wojciech Marks; Agnieszka Jackiewicz; Zbigniew Witkowski; Jacek Kot; Włodzimierz Deja; Jerzy Lasek
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta orthopaedica Belgica     Volume:  74     ISSN:  0001-6462     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Orthop Belg     Publication Date:  2008 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-04-16     Completed Date:  2008-06-10     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2985165R     Medline TA:  Acta Orthop Belg     Country:  Belgium    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  98-101     Citation Subset:  IM    
Medical University of Gdańsk, Department of Trauma Surgery, 80-211 Gdańsk, Poland.
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MeSH Terms
Double-Blind Method
Fasciitis, Plantar / therapy
Middle Aged
Pain / therapy*

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