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Comparison of the analgesic effect of ultrasound and low-level laser therapy in patients suffering from plantar fasciitis (calcar calcanei)
Author(s): Leos Navratil; Jiri Skopek; Hana Hronkova; Jaroslava Kymplova; Jiri Knizek
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Paper Abstract

To compare the effectiveness of the two therapeutic approaches, ultrasound and low level laser (LLLT) used in 181 patients suffering from calcar calcanei-plantar fasciitis. The effectiveness of the treatment was determined according to the evaluation of the patient using certain criteria described in the table. The complete disappearance of pain was seen in 50% of 60 patients treated with US and partial improvement in 16.6% and 69 patients were treated with LLLT from which 67% described complete pain relief, and 20% partial improvement. The results show that the LLLT is a good therapeutic approach in the treatment of pain in patients suffering from calcar calcanei-plantar fasciitis. The treatment with laser was significantly more successful then the ultrasound therapy, which is currently the most common therapy used for plantar fasciitis.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 October 2001
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4606, Laser Florence 2000: A Window on the Laser Medicine World, (23 October 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.446705
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Leos Navratil, Charles Univ. (Czech Republic)
Jiri Skopek, Charles Univ. (Czech Republic)
Hana Hronkova, Charles Univ. (Czech Republic)
Jaroslava Kymplova, Charles Univ. (Czech Republic)
Jiri Knizek, Medical Military Academy (Czech Republic)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4606:
Laser Florence 2000: A Window on the Laser Medicine World

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