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"Medicina Sportiva" No.14 - 2008 The 15-th Sports Medicine Balkan Congress
SPORTS MEDICINE REHABILITATION SECTION


THE EFFECTS OF THERAPEUTIC TAPING ON PATELLOFEMORAL PAIN SYNDROME. A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW

Zirinoglou Penelope, Aftosmidis Dimitis, Porfuriadou Anthi
Physiotherapy Department TEI Thessaloniki, Greece


Background. Patellofemoral pain syndrome is a condition presenting with anterior knee pain or pain behind the patella. It is very common among the athletes and especially to those who have to run and to jump. The physiotherapy intervention has very good results to the patellofemoral pain. One technique that is commonly used is patella taping. Objective. To examine the efficacy of patellar taping on pain control, knee joint kinematics and patellar positioning in subjects with patellofemoral pain syndrome. Methods. We searched the English –language literature as MEDLINE,PEDRO, SPORT Discus, using the key words Patellar taping, Therapeutic taping, McConnell taping, Patellofemoral pain, Knee pain. All studies were exclusively recruited patients diagnosed with patellofemoral pain syndrome. We found 14 studies which were divided into 3 categories based on primary outcome measures: 3 were randomized controlled trials on treatment methods and pain, 9 studies on neuromuscular control and 2 on patellar positioning.
Results. After the analysis that we make we found that most of the studies show significant reduction in pain (up to 78%), increase the ability of knee flexion and knee control.
Conclusion. Patellar taping seems to reduce pain and produces clinically meaningful change during activities of daily living and rehabilitation exercises. Although further studies are needed to investigate the effects of patellar taping and possibly the mechanisms for treating patellofemoral pain.





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