Comparative effects of combined physical therapy with Kinesio taping and physical therapy in patients with knee osteoarthritis: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Chia Hung Lin, Meng Lee, Kuan Yu Lu, Chia Hao Chang, Shih Shin Huang, Chien Min Chen*

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Abstract

Objective: To compare therapeutic effects between physical therapy (PT) combined with Kinesio taping (KT) and PT alone in knee osteoarthritis treatment. Data sources: PubMed, Embase, MEDLINE, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, Web of Science, Scopus, CNKI, WangFang Data, and Google Scholar were searched until 16 April 2020. Review methods: Randomized controlled trials comparing pain reduction (visual analogue scale and numeric pain rating scale) and functional improvement (Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index) between PT + KT and PT in knee osteoarthritis treatment were included. The risk of bias was assessed using the Cochrane Collaboration’s tool. Results: A total of 15 studies with 546 patients were included, and their outcomes for one to six weeks after initial treatments were compared. An overall trend favoring PT + KT over PT alone was indicated by greater pain score reduction (mean difference (MD) = −0.70, 95% confidence interval (CI) = −1.14 to −0.26; P = 0.002) and functional improvement (MD = −5.45, 95% CI = −10.23 to −0.66; P = 0.03) with the former. Significant pain reduction (MD = −0.72, 95% CI = −1.18 to −0.26; P = 0.002) and functional improvement (MD = −6.05, 95% CI = −11.18 to −0.93; P = 0.02) were reported within six weeks after initial treatments. Conclusion: Compared with PT alone, PT combined with KT provided better therapeutic effect regarding pain reduction and functional improvement in patients with knee osteoarthritis. The additional pain reduction and functional improvement could last at least six weeks after initial treatments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1014-1027
Number of pages14
JournalClinical Rehabilitation
Volume34
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - 01 08 2020
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Kinesio tape
  • knee osteoarthritis
  • meta-analysis
  • physical therapy
  • systematic review

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