Kinesiotape and Quadriceps Strengthening with Elastic Band in Women with Knee Osteoarthritis and Overweight or Obesity: A Randomized Clinical Trial $0.00

Kinesiotape and Quadriceps Strengthening with Elastic Band in Women with Knee Osteoarthritis and Overweight or Obesity: A Randomized Clinical Trial

By: León-Ballesteros S, et al. | Sep 20, 2018
Kinesiology Knee

Summary

Poor quadriceps strength is a primary risk factor for symptomatic knee osteoarthritis (Segal et al. 2010); therefore, quadriceps strengthening is an essential component of any knee osteoarthritis exercise program. Kinesiology tape can help reduce pain, which may help facilitate exercise. A randomized controlled trial (Aydogdu et al. 2017) found that kinesiology tape provided immediate improvement in pain and functional status, but when combined with therapeutic exercise over 3 weeks, there was no additional benefit of taping compared to exercise alone.


In a recent randomized controlled trial (Leon-Ballesteros et al. 2018), researchers in Mexico randomly assigned 32 overweight or obese women aged 50-70 years old with Grade 1 knee osteoarthritis into 2 groups. Both groups performed 6 weeks of TheraBand resistance exercises for knee flexion and extension at home, based on previous research on knee osteoarthritis patients by Chang et al. (2012). They exercised 3 times per week with 3 sets of 15 at a resistance based on their maximal strength.


In the experimental group, kinesiology tape was applied to their thigh and knee with skin convolutions, while the control “placebo” group received the same tape application, but without convolutions. The tape was reapplied every week for 6 weeks.


After the 6 weeks, there was no significant difference between the kinesiology taping groups. Both groups reduced their pain 22-34% (VAS, WOMAC) and improved self-reported function by 15-26% (WOMAC).


It’s worth noting that kinesiology tape applied without convolutions should not be considered a ‘placebo’; rather a 3rd group without any tape application should have been included to verify the effects of the tape.

A 6-week home exercise program of quadriceps strengthening with TheraBand resistance bands significantly improved pain and function in obese and overweight women with mild knee osteoarthritis. Kinesiology tape applied to the thigh and knee provided no additional benefit.


León-Ballesteros S, et al. Kinesiotape and quadriceps strengthening with elastic band in women with knee osteoarthritis and overweight or obesity. A randomized clinical trial. Reumatol Clin. 2018 Apr 7. pii: S1699-258X(18)30071-8.


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