Effectiveness of Kinesiotaping and Subacromial Corticosteroid Injection in Shoulder Impingement Syndrome

Onat SS, Bicer S, Sahin Z, Türkylmaz AK, Kara M, Demir AÖ

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The purpose of the present study was to assess the mechanical characteristics of different types of tape utilized in neuromuscular taping (Kinesio Taping) during stress-strain tests, and find out whether the different brands and colours available in the market show different mechanical characteristics. A secondary purpose was to provide information related to the tape strain during the taping preparation, to optimize the taping effect.

Thirty-centimeter pieces of tape [Cure Tape (black, blue, red and pink), Sports Tex (black, blue and red), Kinsiotape (blue and red) and Kinesiology Tape (blue and red)] were cut and fixed. Then, progressive loads until the point of rupture were applied to calculate the stress-strain relationship for each tape.

The different colours and brands explored showed different mechanical behaviours. The greatest elongation before rupture ranged between 77% and 106% of the resting length in the tapes tested. Maximum stress before rupture ranged between 4.57 and 8.06 MPa. Average Young's modulus in the exponential parts of the stress-strain curves were from 0.0526 and 0.0966 MPa. Finally, the tape thicknesses ranged from 0.44 to 0.55 mm.

The large variability found in the mechanical behaviour of the different tapes leads us to recommend the utilization of the same brand and colour for a given purpose. This will allow the physiotherapist to achieve an optimum tension level of the tape with a protocolized tape elongation.



American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (2016), 00