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Abstract presented at WCPT CONGRESS 2017, Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA

Abstract title: DRY NEEDLING: A NOVEL THERAPEUTIC APPROACH IN TREATING HEEL PAIN DUE TO PLANTAR FASCIITIS

Author(s): Bhardwaj V.1, Bhatnagar B.1

Affiliation(s): 1Manav RachnaInternatinal University, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Faridabad, India

Background: Plantar fasciitis (also known as Plantar fasciopathy or Jogger´s heel) is a common painful enthesopathy of the heel and plantar surface of the foot. It is characterized by inflammation, fibrosis, or structural deterioration of the plantar fascia of the foot.

Purpose: To study the effectiveness of Dry needling in treating plantar fasciitis. To evaluate whether dry needling results in changes to general foot health related quality of life in people with plantar fasciitis.

Methods: A sample size of 40 subjects with heel pain, diagnosed as plantar fasciitis, were selected for the study, after signing a consent to participate. The methodology of the study was approved by the hospital ethical committee. They were allocated to 2 groups (by convenience sampling) of age matched 20 subjects in each of the groups. The control group was treated with conventional physiotherapy treatment & sham needling for 30 minutes per day for 3 weeks (3 sessions per week). The experimental group was treated with conventional physiotherapy treatment (Moist pack, Localized ultrasonic insonation followed by stretching of calf & foot muscles) and dry needling.

Results: All outcome measures were performed at baseline, 3 weeks. Patients were followed up for 6 months after the treatment.

Conclusion(s): Patients treated with dry needling showed significant improvement in symptoms and the effects persisted at 6 month follow up.

Implications: Dry Needling can be a new intervention for the treatment of Plantar Fasciitis for the long term relief of the symptoms.

Key-Words: Dry Needling; Plantar Fasciitis; Chronic pain management

Funding acknowledgements: The Study was Self funded with partial help from the hospital authorities.

Ethics approval: Approved by the Research Ethical Committee of ManavRachna International University (MRIU) INDIA.

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