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Turk Neurosurg. 2012;22(1):83-9. doi: 10.5137/1019-5149.JTN.5377-11.1.

The effect of Kinesiotape application on functional performance in surgeons who have musculo-skeletal pain after performing surgery.

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Gazi University, Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Physiotherapy Rehabilitation, Ankara, Turkey.



Surgeons make up a unique group that is at risk for developing work-related musculoskeletal symptoms. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of Kinesiotape technique on pain and functional performance in surgeons who have musculoskeletal system pain after performing surgery.


32 surgeons between the ages of 27 and 44 yrs working in a university hospital were included. The Visual Analog Scale (VAS) was used to evaluate the surgeons' neck and low back pain and the Oswestry Low Back and Neck Disability Indexes were used to determine the impact of pain on daily living activities. First, surgeons were evaluated without Kinesiotape application, then evaluated again on the first day and fourth day of Kinesiotape application.


The results showed that surgeons had a significant reduction in neck and low back pain (p < 0.05). There were improvements in both Oswestry Low Back Disability Index and Neck Disability Index scores when compared with their initial status (p < 0.05). After Kinesiotape application, neck and low back range of motions' scores showed an increase (p < 0.05).


Findings demonstrated that Kinesio taping would be an effective method for reducing neck and low back pain and improving functional performance.

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