Effects of Kinesio tape in individuals with lateral epicondylitis (2017)

Au IPH, Fan PCP, Lee WY, Leong MW, Tang OY, An WW, Cheung RT

Literatuur type: RCT

Publicatie jaar: 2017

Objectives
To determine the true and immediate effect of applying Kinesio tape (KT) on the pain intensity, pain-free grip strength, maximal grip strength, and electromyographic activity with facilitatory KT, inhibitory KT, sham KT, and untaped condition in patients with lateral epicondylitis (LE) who were ignorant about KT.

Design
Deceptive crossover trial.

Participants
Thirty-three patients with unilateral chronic LE who were ignorant about KT, 30 of them were successfully deceived in this study.

Interventions
Patients were randomly allocated into different sequences of four taping conditions: facilitatory KT, inhibitory KT, sham KT, and untaped condition.

Outcome measures
Pain intensity, pain-free grip strength, maximal grip strength, and electromyographic activity of wrist extensor muscles were assessed immediately after each tape application.

Results
No significant differences in the pain intensity (p = 0.321, η2 = 0.04); pain-free grip strength (p = 0.312, η 2 = 0.04); maximal grip strength (p = 0.499, η2 = 0.03); and electromyographic activity (maximal grip: p = 0.774, η2 = 0.01; and pain-free grip: p = 0.618, η2 = 0.02) were recorded among various taping conditions.

Conclusions
Neither facilitatory nor inhibitory effects were observed between different application techniques of KT in patients with LE. Hence, alternative intervention should be used to manage LE.

Referenties: ncbi