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Physiotherapy. 2019 Apr 8. pii: S0031-9406(19)30052-5. doi: 10.1016/j.physio.2019.04.001. [Epub ahead of print]

Effects of kinesio taping alone versus sham taping in individuals with musculoskeletal conditions after intervention for at least one week: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

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1
Department of Health Sciences, Public University of Navarre, CIBERFES (CB16/10/00315), Navarre, Spain; Navarrabiomed, IdiSNA, Pamplona, Navarre, Spain. Electronic address: robin640@hotmail.com.
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Laboratorio de Ciencias de la Actividad Física, el Deporte y la Salud, Facultad de Ciencias Médicas, Universidad de Santiago de Chile, USACH, Santiago, Chile. Electronic address: ignacio.hormazabal@usach.cl.
3
Department of Health Sciences, Public University of Navarre, CIBERFES (CB16/10/00315), Navarre, Spain; Navarrabiomed, IdiSNA, Pamplona, Navarre, Spain. Electronic address: mikel.izquierdo@gmail.com.
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Grupo de Ejercicio Físico y Deportes, Vicerrectoría de Investigaciones, Universidad Manuela Beltrán, Bogotá, Colombia. Electronic address: katherine.gonzalez@docentes.umb.edu.co.
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Department of Health Sciences, Public University of Navarre, CIBERFES (CB16/10/00315), Navarre, Spain. Electronic address: correab.jorge@gmail.com.
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Navarrabiomed, IdiSNA, Pamplona, Navarre, Spain; Laboratorio de Ciencias de la Actividad Física, el Deporte y la Salud, Facultad de Ciencias Médicas, Universidad de Santiago de Chile, USACH, Santiago, Chile. Electronic address: antonio.garciah@unavarra.es.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Kinesiotaping (KT), has emerged as an interesting and relatively novel method for treating musculoskeletal conditions. To date, none of the systematic reviews with meta-analysis have addressed the efficacy of KT alone (without any other intervention) over sham taping (ST).

OBJECTIVE:

The present meta-analysis aimed to investigate the effectiveness of KT versus ST in patients with musculoskeletal conditions in interventions lasting at least 1 week on musculoskeletal conditions and functional performance outcomes.

DATA SOURCE:

Manual and electronic searches (CENTRAL, EMBASE, MEDLINE and PEDro) were conducted using kinesiotaping, strapping, musculoskeletal pain and musculoskeletal conditions.

STUDY SELECTION CRITERIA:

Randomised controlled trials on adults with a diagnosis of musculoskeletal conditions.

DATA EXTRACTION AND DATA SYNTHESIS:

Two researchers independently carried out the search and the third author was referred to for arbitration. The methodological quality of the studies using the PEDro scale and GRADE approach.

RESULTS:

Six RCTs were identified and included in the meta-analysis. When compared with ST in adults with chronic non-specific low-back pain (LBP), KT resulted in superior effects on pain at follow-up, but the pooled pain in the immediate post-treatment period and disability scores (in the immediate post-treatment period and at follow-up) were not significantly different. Generally, all results were supported by low quality evidence according to GRADE criteria.

CONCLUSION:

Our findings indicate inconclusive and low-quality evidence of a beneficial effect of KT alone over ST in LBP and knee osteoarthritis. Systematic review registration number: PROSPERO CRD42018084151.

KEYWORDS:

Evidence based; Knee; Lower back; Physiotherapy; Sham taping; Taping

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