Impairments in ankle joint position sense along with muscle weakness greatly affect the recovery of balance among stroke survivors. Elastic therapeutic taping has been studied in musculoskeletal conditions of the ankle to improve joint position sense and its effects in stroke are not known. The aims of the study were to investigate the differences in joint position sense between paretic and nonparetic ankles and to examine the effects of elastic therapeutic taping on joint position sense of the paretic ankle in stroke survivors. Sixteen chronic stroke survivors participated in a 2-day protocol of ankle elastic therapeutic taping on the paretic side. Active and passive joint position sense at the ankle was measured by Biodex Isokinetic III system on both the paretic and nonparetic sides before elastic therapeutic taping and only the paretic side after elastic therapeutic taping. The active and passive ankle joint position sense values were significantly (P < 0.001) lower on the paretic side than the nonparetic side before intervention. Joint position sense significantly (P < 0.001) improved for the paretic ankle after elastic therapeutic taping. Chronic stroke survivors were deficient in ankle joint position sense on the paretic side. Elastic therapeutic taping was effective in the short term to improve active and passive joint position sense.
From the Physical Therapy, Neuromuscular Rehabilitation Research Center, Semnan University of Medical Sciences, Semnan, Iran (RM); Student Research Committee, Semnan University of Medical Sciences, Semnan, Iran (MAK, MT); and Department of Occupational Therapy, College of Rehabilitation Sciences, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (NG).
All correspondence should be addressed to: Roghayeh Mohammadi, PhD, Rehabilitation Faculty, Semnan University of Medical Sciences, 5 Km of Damghan Rd, Semnan, Iran 3513138111.
The study was supported by Student Research Committee of Semnan University of Medical Sciences, Semnan, Iran.
The study was registered as a clinical trial study on Iranian Registry of Clinical Trials (Registration Number: IRCT2017010427562N3, http://www.irct.ir).
The study was performed in Neuromuscular Rehabilitation Research Center, Semnan University of Medical Sciences, Semnan, Iran.
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Online date: April 8, 2019