An Evaluation of the Effect of Temporary and Permanent Kinesiotape on Aquatic Therapy on Pain, Disability, Static Balance and Quality of Life in Women with Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

Document Type : Original Article


1 Associate Professor of Corrective Exercises and Sport Injuries.Department of Corrective Exercises and Sport Injuries, School of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, Bu-Ali Sina University, Hamedan, Iran.

2 MSc Student of Corrective Exercises and Sport Injuries.Department of Corrective Exercises and Sport Injuries, School of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, Bu-Ali Sina University, Hamedan, Iran.

3 Assistant Professor of Corrective Exercises and Sport Injuries.Department of Corrective Exercises and Sport Injuries, School of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, Bu-Ali Sina University, Hamedan, Iran.


Background and Objective: Patellofemoral pain syndrome is the most common knee musculoskeletal disorder. The aim of this study was to evaluate three therapeutic protocols’ effects on pain, disability, static balance and quality of life in women with patellofemoral pain syndrome.
Subjects and Methods: In this semi-experimental study, 45 women with patellofemoral pain syndrome were selected and divided randomly into three exercise groups: aquatic therapy, aquatic therapy with temporary kinesiotape and aquatic therapy with permanent kinesiotape. In order to assess the pain, McGuillan's questionnaire was used, to assess the disability, Vanukurf questionnaire was used, to assess the balance, Biodex Balance System was employed, and to assess the quality of life changes, Sherne Bourne questionnaire was used. Paired sample t-test and one way ANOVA were used to means comparison. We considered α 0.004.
Results: The results showed, except for pain (P=0.002), there was no significant difference between the pretest-posttest mean differences in disability, static balance and quality of life among the groups. However, the results of t-test showed significant differences between pretest and posttest of these three factors. Pain relief was significant in sensory (P=0.001), as well as disabilit (P=0.001) and quality of life (P=0-.001) were significant. Balance factors in open eyes and in closed eyes position were not significant between pretest to posttest in all of three groups.
Conclusion: Aquatic therapy with permanent patella kinesiotaping had more effect on pain reduction. On the other hand, pain can effect on quality of life, so we recommend aquatic therapy with kinesiotape as an effective protocol to patients with patellofemoral pain syndrome.


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