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Effectiveness of high-intensity laser therapy in patients with plantar fasciitis: a systematic review with meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials

Hernán Andrés de la Barra Ortiz
Faviola Jélvez
Diego Parraguez
Florencia Pérez
Catalina Vargas

Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, School of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Rehabilitation Sciences, Universidad Andres Bello, Santiago, Chile
Advances in Rehabilitation, 2023, 37(3), 34–51
Online publish date: 2023/09/25
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