The Efficacy of Taping for Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.

Authors:  Desjardins-Charbonneau A, Roy JS, Dionne CE, Desmeules F

Rotator cuff (RC) tendinopathy is a highly prevalent musculoskeletal disorder. Non-elastic taping (NET) and kinesiology taping (KT) are common interventions used by physiotherapists. However, evidence regarding their efficacy is inconclusive.  The purpose of this research was to examine the current evidence on the clinical efficacy of taping, either NET or KT, for the treatment of individuals with RC tendinopathy.  Ten trials were included in the present review. Most RCTs had a high risk of bias. There is inconclusive evidence for NET, either used alone or in conjunction with another intervention. Based on pooled results of two studies (n=72), KT used alone resulted in significant gain in pain free flexion (MD: 8.7° 95%CI 8.0° to 9.5°) and in pain free abduction (MD: 10.3° 95%CI 9.1° to 11.4°). Based on qualitative analyses, there is inconclusive evidence on the efficacy of NET or KT when used alone or in conjunction with other interventions on overall pain reduction or improvement in function.  Therefore the authors concluded that although KT significantly improved pain free range of motion, there is insufficient evidence to arrive at a formal conclusion regarding the efficacy of KT or NET used alone or in conjunction with other interventions in patients with RC tendinopathy. 

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