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J Physiother. 2012;58(2):89-95. doi: 10.1016/S1836-9553(12)70088-7.

Kinesio Taping reduces disability and pain slightly in chronic non-specific low back pain: a randomised trial.

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Department of Nursing and Physical Therapy, Universidad de Almería, Spain. adelaid@ual.es

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  • J Physiother. 2012;58(3):143.

Abstract

QUESTION:

Does Kinesio Taping reduce disability, pain, and kinesiophobia in people with chronic non-specific low back pain?

DESIGN:

Randomised trial, with concealed allocation, assessor blinding, and intention-to-treat analysis.

PARTICIPANTS:

Sixty adults with chronic non-specific low back pain.

INTERVENTION:

The experimental intervention was Kinesio Taping over the lumbar spine for one week; the control intervention was sham taping.

OUTCOME MEASURES:

The following outcomes were measured at baseline, immediately after the week with the tape in situ, and four weeks later: Oswestry Disability Index, Roland- Morris Low Back Pain and Disability Questionnaire, pain on a 10-cm visual analogue scale, Tampa kinesiophobia scale, trunk flexion range of motion, and the McQuade test of trunk muscle endurance.

RESULTS:

At one week, the experimental group had significantly greater improvement in disability, by 4 points (95% CI 2 to 6) on the Oswestry score and by 1.2 points (95% CI 0.4 to 2.0) on the Roland-Morris score. However, these effects were not significant four weeks later. The experimental group also had a greater decrease in pain than the control group immediately after treatment (mean between-group difference 1.1cm, 95% CI 0.3 to 1.9), which was maintained four weeks later (1.0cm, 95% CI 0.2 to 1.7). Similarly trunk muscle endurance was significantly better at one week (by 23 sec, 95% CI 14 to 32) and four weeks later (by 18 sec, 95% CI 9 to 26). Other outcomes were not significantly affected.

CONCLUSION:

Kinesio Taping reduced disability and pain in people with chronic non-specific low back pain, but these effects may be too small to be clinically worthwhile.

TRIAL REGISTRATION:

ACTRN12612000402842.

PMID:
22613238
DOI:
10.1016/S1836-9553(12)70088-7
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