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Initial effects of kinesio taping in patients with patellofemoral pain syndrome: a randomized, double-blind study
Aytar A, Ozunlu N, Surenkok O, Baltaci G, Oztop P, Karatas M
Isokinetics and Exercise Science 2011;19(2):135-142
clinical trial
7/10 [Eligibility criteria: Yes; Random allocation: Yes; Concealed allocation: No; Baseline comparability: Yes; Blind subjects: Yes; Blind therapists: No; Blind assessors: Yes; Adequate follow-up: Yes; Intention-to-treat analysis: No; Between-group comparisons: Yes; Point estimates and variability: Yes. Note: Eligibility criteria item does not contribute to total score] *This score has been confirmed*

The purpose of this randomized, double-blind study was to determine the acute effects of kinesio taping on pain, strength, joint position sense and balance in patients with patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS). Twenty-two subjects with PFPS participated in the study. Subjects were separated into two groups; kinesio taping (KT) and placebo kinesiotaping (PKT). All subjects were assessed before and 45-min after the applications. Muscle strength, joint position sense, static and dynamic balance and pain intensity were used as the main outcome measures. Among all outcome parameters significant differences were found between strength of quadriceps muscle at 60 and 180degree/s, and static and dynamic balance scores before and 45-min after application of KT. There was also a significant difference between strength of quadriceps muscle at 60degree/s and static balance scores before and 45 minutes after application of the PKT. Therefore KT application does not seem to be an effective treatment method for both decreasing pain and improving joint position sense for patients with PFPS.

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