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J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2003 Jul;33(7):400-7.

Initial effects of elbow taping on pain-free grip strength and pressure pain threshold.

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Musculoskeletal Pain and Injury Research Unit, Department of Physiotherapy, Univeersily of Queensland, St Lucia, Australia. b.vicenzino@mailbox.uq.edu.au

Abstract

STUDY DESIGN:

Single-blind, placebo control, randomized, crossover, experimental study with repeated measures.

OBJECTIVE:

To determine the initial effects of a taping technique on grip strength and pain in individuals with lateral epicondylalgia.

BACKGROUND:

Taping techniques are advocated for chronic musculoskeletal conditions such as lateral epicondylalgia, a prevalent disorder with significant impact on the individual and community. Little evidence exists supporting the effects of taping techniques on musculoskeletal pain.

METHODS AND MEASURES:

Sixteen participants (mean age +/- SD, 45.8 +/- 10.2 years) with chronic lateral epicondylalgia (mean duration +/- SD, 13.1 +/- 9.9 months) participated in a placebo control study of an elbow taping technique. Outcome measures were pain-free grip strength and pressure pain threshold taken before, immediately after, and 30 minutes after application of tape.

RESULTS:

The taping technique significantly improved pain-free grip strength by 24% from baseline (P = .028). The treatment effect was greater than that for placebo and control conditions. Changes in pressure pain threshold (19%), although positive, were not statistically significant.

CONCLUSION:

This preliminary study demonstrated an initial ameliorative effect of a taping technique for lateral epicondylalgia and suggests that it should be considered as an adjunct in the management of this condition.

PMID:
12918865
DOI:
10.2519/jospt.2003.33.7.400
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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