Effect of Kinesiology Taping in addition to Splint Therapy on Pain, Functional Condition, and Hand Grip Strength in Patients with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Meram Medical School, Necmettin Erbakan University, Konya, Turkey
Keywords: Carpal tunnel syndrome, hand grip strength, splint, kinesiology taping
Objective: This study aimed to evaluate the effects of added kinesiology taping treatment on pain, functional status, and hand grip strength in patients with carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS).
Material and Methods: Eighty patients aged 18 years and over who were diagnosed with mild to moderate CTS by physical examination and electrophysiological findings were included in the study. Of these, 16 (20%) were males and 64 (80%) were females. Visual analogue scale (VAS), Boston KTS Questionnaire (BCTQ) and hydraulic hand dynamometer (Jamar) scores were used for the evaluation. The patients were randomly divided into two groups as splint (S) and Splint+Kinesiotape (SKT) treatment groups. Patients in the S group only received a volar-assisted splint in the neutral position. The patients were asked to wear the splints, especially during the night for three weeks. The SKT group was treated with kinesiology taping in addition to splinting. The taping process was repeated by the same person twice a week for three weeks.
Results: The mean age of the patients was 47.0±11.4 for the S group and 50.2 ± 11.9 for the SKT group. In both groups, VAS, BCTQ-symptom severity scale (SSS), functional capacity scale (FDS), and hand dynamometer (kgf) measurements were statistically significant at three weeks post-treatment (p<0.01). No statistically significant differences were found between the groups in terms of VAS, BCTQ-SSS, BCTQ-FDS and hand dynamometer scores (p>0.05).
Conclusion: In the conservative treatment of CTS, splint therapy has been shown to have a positive effect on VAS, BCTQ-SSS, BCTQ-FDS, and hand muscle strength. The superiority of splint therapy with kinesio taping, over splint therapy alone could not be demonstrated in the short-term.
Cite this article as: Sen N, Ordahan B, Ugurlu H. Effect of kinesiology taping in addition to splint therapy on pain, functional condition, and hand grip strength in patients with carpal tunnel syndrome. Turk J Sports Med. 2020;55(4):267-75.
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