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Kinesio taping compared to physical therapy modalities for the treatment of shoulder impingement syndrome

Posted Jul 19 2010 8:57am

The purpose of this study was to determine and compare the efficacy of kinesio-tape and physical therapy modalities in patients with shoulder impingement syndrome.

55 total patients were selected for the study, 30 were treated with kinesio-tape three times by intervals of 3 days, and 25 were on a daily program of local modalities for 2 weeks. Response to treatment was evaluated with the Disability of Arm, Shoulder, and Hand scale. Patients were questioned for the night pain, daily pain, and pain with motion. Outcome measures except for the Disability of Arm, Shoulder, and Hand scale were assessed at baseline, first, and second weeks of the treatment. Disability of Arm, Shoulder, and Hand scale was evaluated only before and after the treatment. Disability of Arm, Shoulder, and Hand scale and visual analog scale scores decreased significantly in both treatment groups as compared with the baseline levels.

The rest, night, and movement median pain scores of the kinesio taping group were statistically significantly lower at the first week examination as compared with the physical therapy group. However, there was no significant difference in the same parameters between two groups at the second week. Disability of Arm, Shoulder, and Hand scale scores of the kinesio taping group were significantly lower at the second week as compared with the physical therapy group. No side effects were observed. Kinesio tape has been found to be more effective than the local modalities at the first week and was similarly effective at the second week of the treatment. Kinesio taping may be an alternative treatment option in the treatment of shoulder impingement syndrome especially when an immediate effect is needed. 

Reference: Kaya E, Zinnuroglu M, Tugcu I. Kinesio taping compared to physical therapy modalities for the treatment of shoulder impingement syndrome. Clin Rheumatol. 2010 Apr 30.

Dr. David P. Chen 
Chiropractor in Laurel, MD 
Laurel Regional Chiropractic

www.laurelregionalchiropractic.com 

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