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Table 3 Baseline characteristics of participants in respective trials continued (N/a- data not available).

From: The effectiveness of extra corporeal shock wave therapy for plantar heel pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Author Duration of heel pain Median (SD and/or range) months Base line morning pain VAS score (SD)
  Treatment group Control group Treatment Group Control group
Abt et al [21] 19.0 19.0 5.7 5.3
Buch et al [27] 20.7 (21.1, 6–120) 24.0 (21.1,6–99) 7.7 (1.4) 7.7 (1.5)
Buchbinder et al [10] 9.0 (2–150) 10.8 (2–222.5) 7.3 (2.5) 6.8 (3.2)
Cosentino et al [33] 8.2(6–12) 8.2(1.2) N/a N/a
Haake et al [11] 13.0 (10–24) 13.0 (9–24) 7.8 (2.4) 7.7 (2.3)
Krischek et al [22] 22.0 23.0 N/a N/a
Ogden et al [28] 32.2 35.9 8.1 8.2
Rompe et al [32] 8.0 (6–19) 10.0 (6–20) N/a N/a
Rompe et al [30] 16.0 (12–36) 22.0 (12–38) N/a N/a
Rompe et al [31] 20.0 (12–60) 18.0 (12–72) 6.9 (1.3) 7.0 (1.3)
Speed et al [12] 16.7 (12–312) 13.5 (12–312) 7.4(2.0) 7.0(2.0)