Does current evidence support the use of kinesiology taping in people with knee osteoarthritis? (2021)

Pinheiro YT, Silva RLE, de Almeida Silva HJ, Brito de Araújo TA, Rodrigo Scattone da Silva, Cardoso de Souza M, Alano de Almeida Lins C

Literatuur type: Systematic review

Publicatie jaar: 2021


To analyze the current evidence about the effects of kinesiology taping (KT) with different amounts of tension in people with knee osteoarthritis (OA).

Data sources

MEDLINE (via PUBMED), SciELO, COCHRANE Library, Scopus, PEDro, Web of Science and EMBASE were used as search databases.

Study selection

Two independent researchers searched these databases from inception until June 2020 using the descriptors “kinesiotaping”, “kinesio taping”, “kinesiotape”, “tape”, “taping”, “kinesiology taping”, “kinesiology tape”, “kinesthetic taping” or “elastic therapeutic tape” associated with “knee osteoarthritis”. We included clinical trials that compared the application of KT with and without tension in people with knee OA.

Date extraction and quality analysis

Data extraction included sample description, KT tension used in the study groups, duration of KT application, area of KT application, outcome measures and study methodological quality. The quality of the studies was evaluated by means of the Physiotherapy Evidence Database (PEDro) score.

Data synthesis

Of the 850 studies identified, eight met the inclusion criteria and were ultimately included in this review. Most studies had moderate quality, with a satisfactory PEDro score. Results showed that KT application with tension was not superior to the application without tension for the outcomes of pain, physical function, range of motion and muscle strength. Evidence for edema, balance and quality of life is still limited.


Current evidence does not support the use of kinesiology taping in people with knee OA.


Bandages; Elderly; Joint diseases; Knee joint.

Referenties: Explore (NY) . 2021 Nov-Dec;17(6):574-577