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Prz Menopauzalny. 2014 Sep;13(4):221-6. doi: 10.5114/pm.2014.44997. Epub 2014 Sep 9.

Kinesiology Taping reduces lymphedema of the upper extremity in women after breast cancer treatment: a pilot study.

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Wydział Fizjoterapii, Akademia Wychowania Fizycznego we Wrocławiu.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Secondary lymphedema affects approximately 40% of women treated for breast cancer and is recognized as a major problem associated with the therapy of malignant tumors. Consequently, new therapeutic methods are constantly being sought to effectively eliminate the condition. One of the new forms of edema management, especially in the initial stages of edematous development, is Kinesiology Taping (KT).

AIM OF THE STUDY:

The aim of the study was to assess the effects of KT applications on the extent of lymphedema of the upper extremity in women post cancer treatment.

MATERIAL AND METHODS:

The study group consisted of 28 women after axillary lymphadenectomy due to breast cancer. All the patients were diagnosed with grade I secondary lymphedema. Kinesiology Taping was applied to a total of 14 randomly selected women. The remaining 14 patients constituted a control group. The extent of lymphedema was measured using a centimeter tape and Limb Volumes Professional 5.0 software.

RESULTS:

A significant reduction in the extent of lymphedema (p = 0.0009) was achieved in the KT group between baseline and post-treatment assessments. No such reduction, however, was found in the control group (p = 0.36).

CONCLUSIONS:

Kinesiology Taping applications are an effective method of early-stage edema management. Kinesiology Taping may be a safe new therapeutic option in patients who are contraindicated for the use of other methods.

KEYWORDS:

Kinesiology Taping; breast cancer; lymphedema

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