EFFECTIVENESS OF AUTOLOGOUS BLOOD INJECTIONS IN PATIENTS WITH PLANTAR FASCIITIS
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Objective: To determine the effectiveness of autologous blood injection (ABI) in patients with plantar fasciitis in
terms of improvement in at least one grade of pain on visual analogue scale at 6 weeks interval follow up.
Materials and Methods: This descriptive cross sectional study was conducted in Orthopedics Unit of Khyber
Teaching Hospital, Peshawar from Jume 2011 to December, 2011. All patients between the ages of 20 years and 70
years with plantar fasciitis, not responding to oral medications, were included in the study.
Results: The total number of patients was 131. The mean age was 39.80 years ± 10.04SD. Patients with moderate
and severe grades of plantar fasciitis were 36(27.5%) and 95(72.5%) respectively according to visual analogue score
before autologous blood injection. The effectiveness of autologous blood injections at 6 weeks follow up according
to age was 100% in the age groups of 51-60 years and 61-70 years. According to gender, 52 (100%) males and 69
(87.34%) females showed movement. The overall effectiveness of autologous blood injections was in 121 (92.37%)
patients with improvement of at least 1 baseline grade of pain on visual analogue scale.
Conclusion: Patients with plantar fasciitis can be successfully treated with autologous blood injection which is
cheap and effective.
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