Effectiveness of kinesiotaping in patients with subacromial impingement syndrome: A systematic review with meta-analysis

Felipe Araya-Quintanilla, Héctor Gutiérrez-Espinoza, Walter Sepúlveda-Loyola, Vanessa Probst, Robinson Ramírez-Vélez, Celia Álvarez-Bueno

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Abstract

Objective: To determine the effectiveness of kinesiotaping (KT) with or without co-interventions for clinical outcomes in patients with subacromial impingement syndrome (SIS). Design: Systematic review with meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials. Data sources: Eight databases (MEDLINE, CENTRAL, EMBASE, PEDro, LILACS, CINAHL, SPORTDiscus, and Web of Science) were searched from inception until March 2021. Eligibility criteria for selecting studies: Clinical trials that determine the effectiveness of KT with or without co-interventions for clinical outcomes in patients with SIS who are older than 18 years of age. Results: Ten trials for the quantitative analysis were included. For pain intensity at 1–3 weeks, the overall pooled MD was −0.73 cm, 95% CI = −1.50 to 0.04 (p = 0.06), and at 3–6 weeks, it was −0.13 cm, 95% CI = −1.37 to 0.36 (p = 0.25). For shoulder function, the MD was −0.02, 95%CI = −0.30 to 0.26 (p = 0.89). For shoulder Range of Motion (ROM) flexion, the MD was −16.70, 95% CI = −0.52 to 33.92 (p = 0.06). Additionally, there was a low to moderate quality of evidence according to the GRADE rating. Conclusion: Kinesiotaping with or without co-interventions was not superior to other interventions for improving shoulder pain intensity, function and ROM flexion in patients with SIS.

Original languageEnglish
JournalScandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • athletic tape
  • kinesiotaping
  • meta-analysis
  • randomized clinical trial
  • subacromial impingement syndrome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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