Correlations Between the Duration of Pain and the Success of Shock Wave Therapy.Helbig, K. MD; Herbert, C. MD; Schostok, T.; Brown, M.; Thiele, R. MDAuthor Information Reprint requests to R. Thiele, MD, Kurfürstendamm 61, Berlin, 10707, Germany. Reprinted with permission from: Helbig K, Schostok T, Brown M, Herbert C, Thiele R: Correlation between the duration of pain and success. In Coombs R, Schaden W, Shun S, Zhou H. Second Congress of the ISMST. London, Greenwich Medical Media Ltd 2000. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research (1976-2007): June 2001 - Volume 387 - Issue - pp 68-71 Buy Abstract Patients who have had successful treatment for either chronic heel pain (plantar fasciitis) or humeral epicondylitis subsequently were evaluated for a comparable problem in the contralateral heel or elbow. Patients who had experienced symptoms in the contralateral heel or elbow for a shorter period were less likely to have a positive result from shock wave therapy than those patients who had received treatments for more chronic symptoms. © 2001 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.