ISSN 1308-8734 | E-ISSN 1308-8742
1 Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, Regional Education and Research Hospital, Erzurum, Turkey  
2 Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, Atatürk University School of Medicine, Erzurum, Turkey  
Eurasian J Med ; : -


Objective: The aim of the present study was to compare the effectiveness of kinesio taping (KT) treatments and conventional physical therapy (PT) modalities that are applied to reduce pain and improve physical movements and functions of patients with sub acromial impingement syndrome (SIS).


Materials and Methods: Forty patients were randomly divided into two equal groups. The first group was assigned KT plus home exercise program (HEP) for 15 days. The second group was given 15 sessions of PT and HEP. Patients were assessed using active joint range of motion (ROM), Visual Analogue Scale (VAS; rest, movement, and night pain), the Society of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Evaluation (ASESS-100), Constant–Murley (C–M) scale, and Western Ontario Rotator Cuff (WORC) index at before and after treatment and at the end of the study (first month control visit).


Results: Physical therapy was found to be more effective than KT when these two treatment modalities were assessed based on ASESS-100, WORC index values, night pain, and movement pain. PT and KT treatments have similar effects in active ROM, rest pain, and C–M scale. At the end of the study, they were found to have similar effects except the night pain value. PT was found to be more effective for night pain than KT.


Conclusion: Physical therapy was concluded to be more effective after treatment. The application of KT does not appear to be an alternative treatment method for SIS, but it can provide a potential supportive care for SIS. However, the outcomes suggest that KT can provide a remarkable benefit.


Cite this article as: Kul A, Ugur M. Comparison of the Efficacy of Conventional Physical Therapy Modalities and Kinesio Taping Treatments in Shoulder Impingement Syndrome. Eurasian J Med 2018; 50: 10.5152/eurasianjmed.2018.17421.

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