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Effectiveness of Kinesiotaping and Subacromial Corticosteroid Injection in Shoulder Impingement Syndrome

Şahin Onat, Şule MD; Biçer, Seda MD; Şahin, Zehra MD; Küçükali Türkyilmaz, Ayşegül MD; Kara, Murat MD; Özbudak Demir, Sibel MD

American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation: August 2016 - Volume 95 - Issue 8 - p 553–560
doi: 10.1097/PHM.0000000000000492
Original Research Articles: CME Article . 2016 Series . Number 8

Objective The aim of this study was to investigate whether kinesiotaping or subacromial corticosteroid injection provides additional benefit when used with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in patients with shoulder impingement syndrome.

Design Patients with shoulder impingement syndrome were divided into 3 groups as follows: NSAID group (n = 33), kinesiotaping group (kinesiotaping + NSAID) (n = 33), and injection group (subacromial corticosteroid injection + NSAID) (n = 33). Outcome measures including visual analog scale, shoulder ranges of motion, Shoulder Disability Questionnaire, and University of California–Los Angeles (UCLA) scale were evaluated before and after the treatment (fourth week).

Results A total of 99 patients (21 male and 78 female patients) were enrolled in this study. Demographic and baseline clinical characteristics of the groups (except for body mass index and visual analog scale at night, both P = 0.05) were similar between the groups (all P > 0.05). Clinical parameters were found to have improved in the 3 groups (all P < 0.001). While the kinesiotaping and injection groups showed similar improvements (all P > 0.05), each group had better outcome than did the NSAID group as regards pain (activity visual analog scale), ranges of motion, and Shoulder Disability Questionnaire and UCLA scale scores (all P < 0.05).

Conclusions Addition of kinesiotaping or subacromial corticosteroid injection to NSAID treatment seems to have better/similar effectiveness in patients with shoulder impingement syndrome. Therefore, kinesiotaping might serve as an alternative treatment in case (injection of) corticosteroids are contraindicated.

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CME Objectives: Upon completion of this article, the reader should be able to: (1) Delineate appropriate treatment options for shoulder impingement syndrome; (2) Identify treatment benefits of kinesiotaping and corticosteroid injections in shoulder impingement syndrome; and (3) Incorporate kinesiotaping and corticosteroid injections into the treatment plan for patients with shoulder impingement syndrome.

Level: Advanced

Accreditation: The Association of Academic Physiatrists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Association of Academic Physiatrists designates this activity for amaximumof 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

From the Ankara Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine Training and Research Hospital, Ankara (ŞŞO, SB, ZŞ, MK, SÖD); and Department of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, Recep Tayyip Erdogan University Medical School, Rize, Turkey (AKT).

All correspondence and requests for reprints should be addressed to: Ayşegül Küçükali Türkyilmaz, MD, Recep Tayyip Erdogan Üniversitesi, FTR Anabilim Dali, Rize, Turkey.

Financial disclosure statements have been obtained, and no conflicts of interest have been reported by the authors or by any individuals in control of the content of this article.

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