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J Back Musculoskelet Rehabil. 2012;25(3):187-91. doi: 10.3233/BMR-2012-0326.

Effect of scapular elevation taping on scapular depression syndrome: a case report.

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Department of Physical Therapy, Inje University Pusan Paik Hospital, Inje University, Gimhae, Republic of Korea.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This report describes the application of scapular elevation taping (SET) using kinesio tape to elevate the scapula and treat upper trapezius (UT) muscle tenderness in a patient with scapular depression syndrome.

METHODS:

The patient was a 22-year-old man who had scapular depression and severe tenderness of the right UT. We performed SET for 2 months, 4 days a week, for an average of 9 h each day, to provide scapular elevation.

RESULTS:

At the last assessment, the right superior angle of the scapula and the lateral border of the acromion were slightly elevated compared with the spinous process of the second thoracic vertebra. A chest X-ray showed that the right coracoid process was higher compared to the initial level and that the level of the first ribs was similar on both sides. The pressure-pain threshold in the UT increased from 1 to 8 kg and the tenderness at 3 kg, assessed on a numeric rating scale, decreased from 6 to 0. No tenderness occurred when carrying a bag with the right hand or slinging a bag over the right shoulder.

CONCLUSION:

Continuous application of SET may be used as a supplementary method for scapular elevation and reduction in patients with UT tenderness.

PMID:
22935857
DOI:
10.3233/BMR-2012-0326
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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