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Effect of kinesio tape application on hemiplegic shoulder pain and motor ability: a pilot study

Kalichman, Leonid; Frenkel-Toledo, Silvi; Vered, Elisha; Sender, Iris; Galinka, Tal; Alperovitch-Najenson, Deborah; Ratmansky, Motti; Treger, Iuly

International Journal of Rehabilitation Research: September 2016 - Volume 39 - Issue 3 - p 272–276
doi: 10.1097/MRR.0000000000000167
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The aim of our single-group pre–post design pilot study was to evaluate the short-term effect of kinesio taping (KT) application on pain and motor ability of hemiplegic shoulder pain (HSP) patients. Eleven poststroke patients with HSP hospitalized in the Department of Neurology C, Loewenstein Rehabilitation Hospital, Raanana, Israel, received a KT application in addition to their usual rehabilitation protocol. KT, consisting of one to three strips according to a predefined algorithm, was applied to the painful shoulder region. A 10 cm Visual Analog Scale of shoulder pain at rest and at arm movement, active and passive pain-free abduction range of motion, Box & Blocks, and Fugl-Meyer upper extremity motor assessment were performed before treatment and 24 h after wearing the KT. After applying the KT, there was no significant change in any variables. Short-term KT application, used in our study, produced no change in shoulder pain, range of motion, or ability of upper limb in HSP patients. Additional studies should evaluate the effect of long-term application and different types of KT applications on HSP.

aDepartment of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Health Sciences, Beer Sheva

bDepartment of Physical Therapy, Loewenstein Hospital, Ra’anana

cLoewenstein Rehabilitation Hospital, Ra’anana, affiliated with Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv

dSoroka Medical Center, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Israel

✠ Deceased.

Correspondence to Leonid Kalichman, PT, PhD, Department of Physical Therapy, Recanati School for Community Health Professions, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, PO Box 653, Beer Sheva 84105, Israel Tel: +972 522 767 050; fax: +972 864 77683; e-mails: and

Received February 11, 2016

Accepted March 6, 2016

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