Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy Versus Platelet Rich Plasma Injection in Patients of Chronic Plantar Fasciitis. March 2023.
Plantar fasciitis is a a very common, sometimes degenerative condition of the plantar fascia at the bottom of the foot, that can lead to significant heel pain. Standard conservative treatment involves physical therapy, orthotics, and biomechanical correction. Extracorporeal shockwave therapy and the injection of autologous platelet-rich plasma (PRP) also commonly used and in most cases ate effective in the treatment of plantar fasciitis, which might be resistant to other conservative measures. This study published in March 2023 compares the effectiveness of shockwave and PRP injection for pain relief, functional improvement, and change in plantar fascia thickness.
The results from the study showed that both PRP injection and shockwave therapy are very effective methods to reduce pain and reduced plantar fascia thickness in patients with chronic plantar fasciitis non-responsive to other conservative measures. However, it further identified that PRP injection is more effective at a longer duration as compared to shockwave therapy. This is probably due to the regenerative capacity of platelet rich plasma injection therapy.
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