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IJHSR. 2016; 6(1): 221-229

Effects of Additional Kinesiotaping Over the Conventional Physiotherapy Exercise on Pain, Quadriceps Strength and Knee Functional Disability in Knee Osteoarthritis Participants: A Randomized Controlled Study.

Sathiyavani Dhanakotti, Reji K Samuel, Mansi Thakar, Shreya Doshi, Kajal Vadsola.

Background: Osteoarthritis (OA) is a major public health problem. Prevalence of knee OA is 34-45%in Indian population with clinical symptoms of pain, reduced muscle strength and knee function.
Objective: This study to determine the effectiveness of additional kinesiotaping (KT) over the conventional physiotherapy on pain, quadriceps strength and functional disability in knee osteoarthritis participants.
Methods: A randomized controlled study.30 knee osteoarthritis individuals were recruited and randomly allocated in to two groups (conventional PT & kinesiotaping plus conventional PT; N=15 in each group). Both groups received the same conventional PT program of muscle stretching and strengthening exercises for 3 weeks and the KT group additionally received kinesiotaping at thrice per week for three weeks. All the groups underwent 3 weeks of supervised intervention program. NPRS, HHD and modified WOMAC for knee pain, quadriceps strength and knee functional disability were recorded at baseline and after three weeks of interventions.
Results: Comparing pretreatment and 3rd week values, significant improvements were found in pain, quadriceps strength and functional performance of both groups (p

Key words: knee OA, CPT, kinesiotaping, NPRS, HHD, quadriceps strength & modified WOMAC.

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