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The effects of KinesioTape on the treatment of lateral epicondylitis

KinesioTape (KT) is a
noninvasive method to treat pain and muscular dysfunction. PURPOSE: To
investigate the effect of KT with and without tension on pain intensity, pain
pressure threshold, grip strength and disability in individuals with lateral
epicondylitis, and myofacial trigger points in forearm muscles. METHODS: Thirty
women with lateral epicondylitis and myofacial trigger point in forearm muscles
were randomly assigned to KT with tension and placebo (KT without tension). The
treatment was provided 3 times in one week, and outcome measures were assess
pre-post treatment. RESULTS: The mean score of visual analogue scale (VAS) during
activity decreased significantly from 6.4 and 6 pretest to 2.53 and 4.66
posttest, respectively, for the KT with and without tension groups. The mean
score of Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand decreased significantly from
16.82 and 22.79 pretest to 8.65 and 8.29 posttest, respectively, for the KT with
and without tension groups. A paired t-test revealed a significant reduction in
VAS during activity and Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand before and
after treatment in both groups (P < .05). Pain pressure threshold, grip strength,
and VAS using an algometer revealed no significant differences. The study showed
no significant difference in variables immediately after intervention.
DISCUSSION: Improvements in functional disability were superior when KT was used
with tension, than obtained with a placebo-no tension application. CONCLUSION:
The application of KT produces an improvement in pain intensity and upper
extremity disability in subjects with LE and MTP in forearm muscles, and KT with
tension was more effective than placebo group. LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: NA. TRIAL
REGISTRATION NUMBER: 100-216.
CI - Copyright (c) 2017 Hanley & Belfus. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights
reserved.

Langue : ANGLAIS

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