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Radiothearpy - isn't that also x-ray treatment with up to 5 Gy ?

Posted by Fabi S on 5/08/02 at 21:29 (083150)

ABSTRACT: PURPOSE: Many patients attend orthopedic departments complaining of pain on the plantar aspect of the calcaneum. The symptoms may subside spontaneously, but often persist. Treatment is usually by local injection of a corticosteroid, orthopedic devices or other standard treatment. If these methods fail, X-ray treatment may be considered. The efficacy of radiotherapy of the calcaneal spur was evaluated. PATIENTS AND METHODS: From April 1981 through December 1991, 18 patients with painful heel were irradiated mostly with the caesium or telecobalt unit, usually with a dose of 4 times 0.5 Gy. Among these patients, 12 could be followed up during a prolonged period on the basis of questionnaires. RESULTS: According to the categories of v. Pannewitz 17% of the patients were pain-free by the end of the treatment course, 22% showed marked improvement, 33% showed improvement and in 28% the pain was not influenced. Over an average of 41.5 months 58% of the patients reported freedom from pain. CONCLUSIONS: Low-dose radiotherapy appears to relieve the painful heel syndrome in a high proportion of patients. The overall treatment risk appears to be very small. The mechanism of low-dose radiotherapy is unknown. NLM PUBMED CIT. ID: 7740407 SOURCE: Strahlenther Onkol 1995 Apr;171(4):202-6 130

Re: Radiothearpy - isn't that also x-ray treatment with up to 5 Gy ?

Ed Davis, DPM on 5/09/02 at 18:12 (083280)

Radiation, used a a dose sufficient to influence tissue growth, would concern me due to potential side effects.
Ed

Re: Radiothearpy - isn't that also x-ray treatment with up to 5 Gy ?

Ed Davis, DPM on 5/09/02 at 18:12 (083280)

Radiation, used a a dose sufficient to influence tissue growth, would concern me due to potential side effects.
Ed