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      A Pilot Study of Hip Corrective Taping Using Kinesio Tape for Pain and Lower Extremity Joint Kinematics in Basketball Players with Patellofemoral Pain

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          This pilot study aimed to determine the feasibility of hip corrective taping to improve self-reported knee pain and lower extremity joint kinematics in basketball players with patellofemoral pain.

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          A single group pre-test and post-test design. Collegiate basketball players with patellofemoral pain were recruited. Three-dimensional hip and knee joint kinematics were measured during two tasks, single-leg squat (SLS) and lay-up jump (LUJ), and each task was conducted under no-taping and taping conditions. Subjective report of pain was compared between no-taping and taping conditions only during SLS.


          Twelve collegiate basketball players with patellofemoral pain (median age, 22.7 [2.5] years; mean height, 173.8 ± 7.4 cm; mean weight, 72.5 ± 12.8 kg) participated in this study. Compared with no-taping, the use of hip corrective taping significantly increased the hip abduction angle at the instant of the maximal vertical ground reaction force during LUJ (no-taping vs taping: 0.6° ± 6.3° vs 3.3° ± 5.1°, p = 0.029), and also caused a trend of decreased maximal hip internal rotation angle during SLS (no-taping vs taping: 8.0° ± 6.6° vs 4.7° ± 6.9°, p = 0.050). Hip corrective taping also improved self-reported knee pain during SLS (no-taping vs taping: 3.4 ± 1.7 vs 2.6 ± 1.0, p = 0.046).


          Hip corrective taping may be used as an effective intervention for athletes with patellofemoral pain during basketball-related tasks.

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          Although patellofemoral pain (PFP) is recognized as being one of the most common disorders of the lower extremity, treatment guidelines and underlying rationales remain vague and controversial. The premise behind most treatment approaches is that PFP is the result of abnormal patellar tracking and/or patellar malalignment. Given as such, interventions typically focus on the joint itself and have traditionally included strengthening the vastus medialis oblique, taping, bracing, soft tissue mobilization, and patellar mobilization. More recently, it has been recognized that the patellofemoral joint and, therefore, PFP may be influenced by the interaction of the segments and joints of the lower extremity. In particular, abnormal motion of the tibia and femur in the transverse and frontal planes may have an effect on patellofemoral joint mechanics. With this in mind, interventions aimed at controlling hip and pelvic motion (proximal stability) and ankle/foot motion (distal stability) may be warranted and should be considered when treating persons with patellofemoral joint dysfunction. The purpose of this paper is to provide a biomechanical overview of how altered lower-extremity mechanics may influence the patellofemoral joint. By addressing these factors, better long-term treatment success and prevention may be achieved.
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            Controlled laboratory study using a cross-sectional design. To determine whether females with patellofemoral pain (PFP) demonstrate differences in hip kinematics, hip muscle strength, and hip muscle activation patterns when compared to pain-free controls. It has been proposed that abnormal hip kinematics may contribute to the development of PFP. However, research linking hip function to PFP remains limited. Twenty-one females with PFP and 20 pain-free controls participated in this study. Hip kinematics and activity level of hip musculature were obtained during running, a drop jump, and a step-down maneuver. Isometric hip muscle torque production was quantified using a multimodal dynamometer. Group differences were assessed across tasks using mixed-design 2-way analyses of variance and independent t tests. When averaged across all 3 activities, females with PFP demonstrated greater peak hip internal rotation compared to the control group (mean +/- SD, 7.6 degrees +/- 7.0 degrees versus 1.2 degrees +/- 3.8 degrees; P<.05). The individuals in the PFP group also exhibited diminished hip torque production compared to the control group (14% less hip abductor strength and 17% less hip extensor strength). Significantly greater gluteus maximus recruitment was observed for individuals in the PFP group during running and the step-down task. The increased peak hip internal rotation motion observed for females in the PFP group was accompanied by decreased hip muscle strength. The increased activation of the gluteus maximus in individuals with PFP suggests that these subjects were attempting to recruit a weakened muscle, perhaps in an effort to stabilize the hip joint. Our results support the proposed link between abnormal hip function and PFP.
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                Author and article information

                J Pain Res
                J Pain Res
                Journal of Pain Research
                23 June 2020
                : 13
                : 1497-1503
                [1 ]Department of Physical Therapy, College of Medicine, National Cheng Kung University , Tainan, Taiwan
                [2 ]Institute of Allied Health Sciences, College of Medicine, National Cheng Kung University , Tainan, Taiwan
                [3 ]Department of Acupressure Technology, Chung Hwa University of Medical Technology , Tainan, Taiwan
                [4 ]School of Community Health Sciences, University of Nevada , Reno, NV, USA
                Author notes
                Correspondence: Yi-Liang Kuo Department of Physical Therapy, College of Medicine, National Cheng Kung University , No. 1 Ta-Hsueh Road, Tainan701, TaiwanTel +886-6-2757575 Ext. 6251Fax +886-6-2370411 Email yiliangkuo@mail.ncku.edu.tw
                © 2020 Tsai et al.

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                Figures: 1, Tables: 3, References: 33, Pages: 7
                Original Research

                Anesthesiology & Pain management

                hip joint, anterior knee pain, kinesio taping, biomechanics


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