Comparison of the Effect of Kinesiotape on Pain and Joint Range of Motion in Patients with Knee Joint Osteoarthritis and Knee Sport Injury.

  • S R Akinbo
  • A M Ojetunde


This study was conducted to investigate the effects of kinesiotaping on knee pain and range of motion (ROM) in patients with knee joint osteoarthritis (OA) and knee joint sport injury. Sixty out of 76 subjects of which 45 were patients with diagnosis of knee joint OA and 31 subjects with knee pain as a result of sport injury participated in the study. The 60 subjects were randomly assigned to 3 experimental groups (A, B and C) with 2 sub groups in each experimental group. Outcome measures of pain intensity and knee range of motion (ROM), pre-treatment and during the treatment periods were assessed using the visual analogue scale (VAS) and double arms goniometer respectively. Data analysis was done using the Wilcoxon Signed Ranks Test, Mann-Whitney U test, paired and unpaired t-test. There was a significant difference (P<0.05) between the pre and post treatment variables within the same group in the 3 experimental groups. Analysis between the two groups did not show significant difference for the variables in experimental group A (group A1 and A2). A significant difference was established between group B1 and B2 for the variables. Also analysis revealed significant difference on pain and no significant difference for ROM between group C1 and C2 respectively. The effectiveness of kinesiotape in managing degenerative joint disease was established by this study. This study also revealed that the kinesiotape is more effective in managing traumatic joint injury (acute injury) compared with degenerative joint disease (chronic injury).

Nigerian Medical Practitioner Vol. 52 (3) 2007: pp. 65-69

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