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Growing Pains and Restless Leg Syndrome...a pilot study.

Discussion in 'Podiatry Arena' started by Admin, Dec 20, 2015.

  1. Admin

    Admin Administrator Staff Member

    Let's get this thread up again, and perhaps we can have a more robust discussion about the topic(s). I authored an article that was published 7 months ago that represented several years work. I wrote a 10K word, 42 page, (on MS Word), manuscript that included animations, illustrations, multiple jpegs, video interviews with patients and was reviewed by several doctors.

    I was advised to get the information out as quickly as possible, so I had the pilot/case study published in a non-PubMed journal...Podiatry Management Magazine. It was published in the April/May edition. It was a much reduced article compared to the original manuscript...3K words and only two jpegs. But, hopefully, it was the beginning of something bigger.

    http://www.podiatrym.com/Biomechanic...y2.cfm?id=1632

    Case studies represent "middle-of-the-road" research endeavors. There are, however, three components to such research in order to forward working hypotheses. In this article, the hypothesis is that growing pains in children, and RLS in adults is a continuum of the same problem...referred pain from the STJ, typically after cessation of activity. In case studies, there are 1)independant variables, 2)dependant variables and 3)controls. In this study, the independant variable is the dispensing/use of orthotics; the dependant variable is the resolution of pain; the control is the removal of the orthotic with the return of the painful symptoms.

    Since the time of the writing/completion of this pilot study, I have successfully treated dozens of patients, with zero "misfires". The study is fairly simple from a practitioners standpoint and is amenable to quick, easy and reproducible testing.

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