Original Research Article
Year: 2017 | Month: October | Volume: 7 | Issue: 10 | Pages: 107-119
Efficacy of Kinesio Taping In the Management of Knee Osteoarthritis
Ajeet Kumar Tiwari1, Bibhuti Sarkar2, Ananya Satapathy3
1Professional Trainee (PT), 2Demonstrator, (PT), 3Senior Professional Trainee, (PT);
Department of Physiotherapy, National Institute for Locomotor Disabilities (Divyangjan) (NILD), B.T. ROAD, Bonhoogly, Kolkata-700090, West Bengal, India.
Corresponding Author: Ajeet Kumar Tiwari
Background: The purpose of this study was to find out the efficacy of kinesio taping in the management of knee osteoarthritis in aspect of relieving pain, improving knee joint range of motion, muscle strength and reducing functional disability.
Methods: 30 subjects with unilateral or / bilateral knee osteoarthritis were included and randomly assigned into two groups. Group - A (n= 15) received kinesio taping once a week for 3 weeks along with supervised exercise program, Group- B(n=15) received supervised exercise program only, thrice weekly for 3 weeks. The outcome parameters measured were pain intensity by Numerical pain rating scale (NPRS), Range of Motion (ROM), Muscle strength (MS) and WOMAC score were measured pre- intervention, post –intervention and at three weeks follow up.
Results: Statistically significant improvement was found in both groups for all outcome parameters (p<0.05). In between group analysis of post intervention data, Group-A has shown significant improvement in NPRS, ROM, muscle strength (MS), and WOMAC score in comparison to Group-B. Follow up data at three weeks has also shown significant changes in NPRS, ROM, MS and WOMAC Score as compared to Group-B.
Conclusion: The study demonstrated that kinesio taping along with supervised exercise program is more effective than supervised exercise program alone in relieving pain, increasing range of motion, strength and improving functional capacity in subjects with knee osteoarthritis.
Key words: Osteoarthritis, Numerical pain rating scale (NPRS), Range of Motion (ROM), Muscle strength (MS), WOMAC & Kinesio taping.