- •The impact of Kinesio taping, especially on pain, may remain unchanged as a residual effect in the short term following treatment.
- •In the Patient-Rated Tennis Elbow Evaluation (PRTEE), pain scores showed significant improvement in true taping group compared to the placebo taping group.
- •The pain reduction achieved by Kinesio taping has been helpful for adherence at the beginning of an exercise program.
- •The effects of Kinesio taping on muscle strength, quality of life, and function in chronic lateral epicondylitis are not superior to placebo.
Lateral epicondylitis is degenerative tendinosis of the extensor carpi radialis brevis muscle and is the most common work/sports-related chronic musculoskeletal problem affecting the elbow.
This study aimed to evaluate the short term and residual effectiveness of the Kinesio taping method on pain, grip force, quality of life, and functionality.
Randomized, double-blinded, controlled study.
Subjects were 50 patients diagnosed with chronic unilateral lateral epicondylitis with a symptom duration of at least 12 weeks. During the first four weeks, the study group received a true inhibitor Kinesio taping while the control group received sham taping. In both groups, progressive stretching and strengthening exercises were given as a home program for six weeks. The primary outcome measure was the Numerical Rating Scale (NRS) for self-report of pain intensity; secondary outcome measures were Cyriax resistive muscle test evaluation, maximal grip strength, Patient- Rated Tennis Elbow Evaluation (PRTEE), and Short Form-36 (SF-36). After the treatment, patients were evaluated by the first assessor who was blinded to taping types.
There was a significant decrease in NRS scores overtime during the first four weeks in both groups (P < .001,) and effect sizes were large. There was no significant difference in Cyriax muscle resistance test maximal grip strength between groups (P > .05). However, there was a significant improvement in muscle strength of elbow extension and pronation in the study group detected in the intragroup analysis. Intragroup comparisons also showed a significant improvement in all subunits of the PRTEE and SF-36 except energy/vitality, social functioning, and pain in both groups (P < .05) with moderate to high effect sizes. PRTEE pain scores were significantly decreased in the study group compared to the placebo group (P < .05, d = 0.48).
The effects of Kinesio taping on muscle strength, quality of life, and function in chronic lateral epicondylitis are not superior to placebo. However, NRS scores showed that in the two weeks after Kinesio taping treatment, pain reduction persisted as a residual effect which may improve the exercise adherence and functionality.
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- # 1.The design of the study is
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- c.case series
- # 2.Outcome factors were
- d.all of the above
- # 3.The primary outcome measure used was the
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- # 4.Pain scores were
- a.similar in both groups
- b.significantly reduced in the experimental group
- c.significantly reduced in the placebo group
- d.considered insignificant in the final analysis
- # 5.The authors did NOT find that Kinesio taping was superior to placebo in effecting quality of life, muscle strength, or function
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Published online: November 01, 2021
Accepted: September 13, 2021
Received in revised form: July 26, 2021
Received: August 19, 2020
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