Publication Date

8-5-2018

Document Type

Other

First Advisor

Dr. Kelly Potteiger

Degree Name

B.A. (Bachelor of Arts)

Department

Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education

Abstract

Kinesio tape is designed to provide support and stability to joints and muscles without impacting circulation and the body's range of motion. However, how does kinesiotape physically impact the pain and function of a patient with a musculoskeletal injury? If pain and function are positively influenced, is the improvement attributed to the KT treatment or is it a placebo effect? In the attempt to answer these questions, I performed a review of the literature. Criteria that I looked at while researching articles using PubMed was that they were written in English, studied the effects of KT on musculoskeletal injuries and free articles. With these criteria in mind I found 7 solid articles dealing with the effects KT has on patients suffering from a musculoskeletal injury. Of those 7 articles 3 showed improvement of pain while using KT, 2 showed no change in pain and function when using kinesiotape, and 2 showed minimal improvement of function with the use of kinesiotape. More evidence needs to be acquired to make a scientific claim for KT’s ability to reduce pain and increase function in patients who suffer from a musculoskeletal injury.

Extent

25

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

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In Copyright

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