Patellar taping for patellofemoral pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis to evaluate clinical outcomes and biomechanical mechanisms
This systematic review and meta-analysis evaluates the efficiency of patellar taping and possible mechanisms that may explain the efficiency.
A total of twenty studies were identified. Tailored taping being the McConnel concept customising the tape for the control of lateral tilt, glide and spin. Untailored taping included untailored medial or inferiorly directed taping and Kinesio taping aimed at improving the activation of the VMO.
The reviewers found moderate evidence of tailored taping resulting in the largest effect on immediate pain reduction of the two methods. Furthermore the tailored taping promoted earlier onset of vastus medialis oblique (VMO) contraction and greater knee function. The reviewers find little evidence of tailored taping combined with exercise having a greater pain reduction effect than exercise alone at four weeks, nor does untailored patellar taping combined with exercise show any benefit at 3-12 month stages.
The reviewers conclude that tailored patellar taping has a short term effect on pain and that this method of taping facilitates earlier onset of VMO activity and improved knee function capacity. > 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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