2019, Volume 11, Issue 4

The impact of shock wave therapy on reducing pain in patients with plantar fasciitis



Żaneta Gałecka-Szczerba1, Małgorzata Kawa2, Magdalena Podczarska-Głowacka2

1Department of Physiotherapy and Wellness, Faculty of Physiotherapy and Health Sciences, University School of Health in Gdansk
2Department of Physiotherapy and Wellness, Chair of Health and Natural Sciences, Faculty of Physical Culture, Gdansk University of Physical Education and Sport in Gdansk


Author for correspondence: Magdalena Podczarska-Głowacka; Department of Physiotherapy and Wellness, Chair of Health and Natural Sciences, Faculty of Physical Culture, Gdansk University of Physical Education and Sport in Gdansk; email: magdalena.podczarska-glowacka@awf.gda.pl

DOI: 10.29359/BJHPA.11.4.09

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Abstract

Background: The heel spur often accompanied by plantar fascia inflammation is a very troublesome disorder. It causes intense heel and foot pain, disturbs gait, often causing limitation of physical activity. The aim of the work is to evaluate the impact of radial shock therapy patients diagnosed with heel spur on pain and physical activity.

Material and methods: The study involved 27 patients - 9 men and 18 women - with a diagnosed spur heel, the average age of the patient is 56 ± SD years. To evaluate the effects of the therapy, two testes were used, the VAS analogue pain scale and the Laitinen pain questionnaire.

Results: The analysis of the test results shows a statistically significant reduction in pain (p<0,001) and an increase in the ability of the subjects to function as a result of shock wave therapy.

Conclusions: The extracorporeal shock wave is an effective method of heel spur treatment in the studied group of patients. The performed treatments allowed to achieve a lasting therapeutic effect and reduced the intensity and frequency of pain, which allowed to reduce the use of painkillers and allowed for a return to full physical activity.


Key words: heel spur, radial shockwave, pain


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AMA:

Gałecka-Szczerba , Kawa M, Podczarska-Głowacka M. The impact of shock wave therapy on reducing pain in patients with plantar fasciitis. Balt J Health Phys Activ. 2019;11(4):77-86. doi:10.29359/BJHPA.11.4.09

APA:

Gałecka-Szczerba, ., Kawa, M., & Podczarska-Głowacka, M. (2019). The impact of shock wave therapy on reducing pain in patients with plantar fasciitis. Balt J Health Phys Activ, 11(4), 77-86. https://doi.org/10.29359/BJHPA.11.4.09

Chicago:

Gałecka-Szczerba, Żaneta, Kawa Małgorzata, Podczarska-Głowacka Magdalena. 2019. "The impact of shock wave therapy on reducing pain in patients with plantar fasciitis". Balt J Health Phys Activ 11 (4): 77-86. doi:10.29359/BJHPA.11.4.09

Harvard:

Gałecka-Szczerba, ., Kawa, M., and Podczarska-Głowacka, M. (2019). The impact of shock wave therapy on reducing pain in patients with plantar fasciitis. Balt J Health Phys Activ, 11(4), pp.77-86. https://doi.org/10.29359/BJHPA.11.4.09

MLA:

Podczarska-Głowacka, Magdalena et al. "The impact of shock wave therapy on reducing pain in patients with plantar fasciitis." Balt J Health Phys Activ, vol. 11, no. 4, 2019, pp. 77-86. doi:10.29359/BJHPA.11.4.09

Vancouver:

Gałecka-Szczerba , Kawa M, Podczarska-Głowacka M. The impact of shock wave therapy on reducing pain in patients with plantar fasciitis. Balt J Health Phys Activ 2019; 11(4): 77-86. Available from: doi:10.29359/BJHPA.11.4.09