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Therapeutic knee taping improved pain and disability in osteoarthritis of the knee

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 Q In patients with osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee, does therapeutic knee taping (TKT) reduce pain and disability?

Clinical impact ratings GP/FP/Primary care ★★★★★★☆ Rheumatology ★★★★★☆☆


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randomised controlled trial.

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not concealed.*

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patients and outcome assessors.*

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3 weeks each of intervention and follow up.

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metropolitan private practices and a university laboratory in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

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87 patients (mean age 69 y, 66% women) who met the American College of Rheumatology criteria for OA of the knee. Exclusion criteria included allergy to tape, history of joint replacement, body mass index >38 kg/m2, and rheumatoid arthritis.

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29 patients each were allocated to TKT, control tape, or no tape. The tape was worn for 3 weeks and reapplied weekly. TKT provided medial glide, medial tilt, and anteroposterior tilt to the …

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  • Abstract and commentary also appear in ACP Journal Club.

  • For correspondence: Dr R S Hinman, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

  • Sources of funding: National Health and Medical Research Council and Australia New Zealand Charitable Trusts.

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