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Kirsten Buchanan



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Plantar fasciitis (PF) affects 2 million Americans per year and 10% of the population over a lifetime. PF is inflammation to the thick, fibrous connective tissue originating on the medial calcaneal tubercle extending to the metatarsal heads of the foot. A comprehensive physical therapy (PT) plan of care (POC) of proximal strengthening, distal stretching and soft tissue massage (STM) has been shown to improve PF symptoms. Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) is a non-invasive modality that uses sound waves to create a controlled microtrauma to the impaired tissue to stimulate a healing response and microvascularization. ESWT has shown to be effective in patients with PF, but has not been used in conjunction with a comprehensive PT program The purpose of this case report was to investigate the recovery of a patient with PF while using a combined approach of conventional therapy, targeted hip strengthening, and electroshock therapy.

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Combining A Comprehensive Physical Therapy Program And Electroshock Therapy For A Patient With Plantar Fasciitis: A Case Report
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