A Systematic Review of the Effectiveness of Kinesio Taping for Musculoskeletal Injury

@article{Mostafavifar2012ASR,
  title={A Systematic Review of the Effectiveness of Kinesio Taping for Musculoskeletal Injury},
  author={Mehran Mostafavifar and Jessica A. Wertz and James R. Borchers},
  journal={The Physician and Sportsmedicine},
  year={2012},
  volume={40},
  pages={33 - 40}
}
OBJECTIVE Kinesio taping (KT) is used to prevent and treat musculoskeletal injuries. [...] Key MethodMATERIALS AND METHODS A literature search (October 2011) was performed using PubMed, CINAHL, Scopus, SportsDiscus, and Cochrane databases.Expand
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Kinesio Taping applied to lumbar muscles influences clinical and electromyographic characteristics in chronic low back pain patients.
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When applied to CLBP patients, KT leads to pain relief and lumbar muscle function normalization shortly after its application; these effects persist over a short follow-up period.
The effects of additional kinesio taping over exercise in the treatment of patellofemoral pain syndrome.
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The addition of kinesio taping to the conventional exercise program does not improve the results in patients with PFPS, other than a faster improvement in hamstring muscle flexibility.
The clinical efficacy of kinesio tape for shoulder pain: a randomized, double-blinded, clinical trial.
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KT may be of some assistance to clinicians in improving pain-free active ROM immediately after tape application for patients with shoulder pain, and Utilization of KT for decreasing pain intensity or disability for young patients with suspected shoulder tendonitis/impingement is not supported.
Short-term effects of cervical kinesio taping on pain and cervical range of motion in patients with acute whiplash injury: a randomized clinical trial.
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Patients with acute WAD receiving an application of Kinesio Taping, applied with proper tension, exhibited statistically significant improvements immediately following application of the KinesIO Tape and at a 24-hour follow-up, however, the improvements in pain and cervical range of motion were small and may not be clinically meaningful.
Initial effects of kinesio® taping in patients with patellofemoral pain syndrome: A randomized, double-blind study
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KT application does not seem to be an effective treatment method for both decreasing pain and improving joint position sense for patients with PFPS.
Kinesio taping compared to physical therapy modalities for the treatment of shoulder impingement syndrome
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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 and may be an alternative treatment option in the treatment of shoulder impingement syndrome.
Treatment of myofascial pain in the shoulder with Kinesio taping. A case report.
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This case report documents the results achieved with Kinesio Taping as the exclusive therapeutic procedure for the treatment of a patient with shoulder pain of myofascial origin.
The effects of taping on scapular kinematics and muscle performance in baseball players with shoulder impingement syndrome.
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The elastic taping resulted in positive changes in scapular motion and muscle performance and supported its use as a treatment aid in managing shoulder impingement problems.
Relieving symptoms of meralgia paresthetica using Kinesio taping: a pilot study.
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Kinesio taping can be used in the treatment of MP and future randomized placebo-controlled trials should be designed with patients and assessors blind to the type of intervention.
Immediate effect of forearm Kinesio taping on maximal grip strength and force sense in healthy collegiate athletes.
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Forearm Kinesio taping may enhance either related or absolute force sense in healthy collegiate athletes, however, KinesIO taping did not result in changes in maximal grip strength in healthy subjects.
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