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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.



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.


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.


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.


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

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