Patellar taping for patellofemoral pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis to evaluate clinical outcomes and biomechanical mechanisms
The actual source of pain in relation to patellofemoral pain (PFP) remains elusive. One longstanding hypothesis is that a delay in the recruitment of vastus medialis oblique (VMO) is the key factor behind lateral patellar translation. The aims of the current systematic review were to determine the efficacy of patellar taping in the management of PFP, compare the effectiveness of various different taping techniques, and to identify any biomechanical mechanisms of action.
Moderate evidence supports the use of both individualised and standardised taping techniques in providing immediate pain relief - the former to a much larger effect than the latter. Furthermore, individualised taping promotes an earlier onset of VMO. However, only limited evidence supports the combination of either taping method with exercise, compared with exercise alone.
The authors surmised that the mechanism behind he effectiveness of patellar taping is likely due to the facilitation of earlier VMO activation during functional tasks. > From: Barton et al., Br J Sports Med (2013) (Epub ahead of print). All rights reserved to BMJ Publishing Group Ltd.
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