University of Lynchburg DMSc Doctoral Project Assignment Repository

University of Lynchburg DMSc Doctoral Project Assignment Repository


Family Medicine


Dr. Nancy Reid



Purpose: The purpose of this review is to assess the literature of the treatment plantar fasciitis and to assess the efficacy of dry needling as an office-based procedure.

Method: A PubMed literature search was completed from July 2019 to January 2020 to find research articles which compared therapeutic dry needling against outpatient treatments including corticosteroid injections in the treatment of plantar fasciitis. Seven meta-analysis and three full-text articles on minimally invasive techniques for the treatment of plantar fasciitis were analyzed and will serve as the foundation for this clinical analysis.

Results: A shortage of evidence-based research to establish the positive benefits of therapeutic dry needling when compared to other procedures, remains.

Conclusion: Dry needling shows promise as a treatment option. It is safe, has a small number of adverse events and is reproducible. The picture this analysis paints will become clearer with more high-quality research.


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