IJCRR - 7(1), January, 2015
EFFECT OF RIGID TAPING ON PAIN AND GAIT PARAMETERS IN KNEE OSTEOARTHRITIS
Author: Anood Faqih, Ulka Gavankar, Neha Tambekar, Savita Rairikar, Ashok Shyam, Parag Sancheti
Background: The incidence of osteoarthritis has been seen to increase drastically over the years. The symptoms of osteoarthritis include pain, swelling, loss of function, changes in gait and an overall reduction in the quality of life. A lot of studies have been performed for the treatment of symptomatic relief of these patients including cryotherapy, kinesiotaping, therapeutic modalities. However, limited studies have been conducted on the immediate symptomatic relief with rigid taping and the effect on gait parameters. Hence, the purpose of this study is to know the effect of rigid taping on pain and gait parameters in knee osteoarthritis.
Methods: 120 subjects having bilateral osteoarthritis of the knee were screened according to the inclusion and exclusion criteria and were included in the study. Pain was assessed using the Visual Analog Scale and gait parameters such as stride length, step length and cadence were assessed using the footprint method pre and post application of a rigid tape.
Results: To measure the changes in pain intensity and gait parameters such as step length, stride length and cadence pre and post taping paired T test was used. The level of significance was set at p value ? 0.05.
Changes in pain intensity, step length, stride length and cadence, p=0.00 which shows that there is significant change in the above characteristics after the application of a rigid tape.
Conclusion: From this study, it was hence concluded that after rigid taping there was a significant decrease in the pain intensity and the gait parameters such as step length, stride length and cadence improved in patients with knee osteoarthritis.
Keywords: Step length, Stride length, Cadence, Tape
Anood Faqih, Ulka Gavankar, Neha Tambekar, Savita Rairikar, Ashok Shyam, Parag Sancheti. EFFECT OF RIGID TAPING ON PAIN AND GAIT PARAMETERS IN KNEE OSTEOARTHRITIS International Journal of Current Research and Review. 7(1), January, 24-27
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