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Effect of kinesio taping on gait function in elderly individuals with knee osteoarthritis: A pilot study

 ( Park Jae-Young ) - Kyungwoon University Department of Physical Therapy

백영림 ( Paik Young-Rim ) - Doowon Technical University
 ( Oh Dong-Hwan ) - Kyungdong University Department of Occupational Therapy


Background: Knee osteoarthritis (OA) causes not only pain during walking but also walking disorders. Therefore, intervention for older patients with OA is important.

Objective: To study investigated the effects of kinesio taping (KT) on pain and walking ability in elderly persons with knee OA.

Design: One group, pre-post design Methods: This study enrolled 12 community-dwelling elderly people with knee OA. KT was applied on the surrounding structures, including the patellar and bilateral lateral ligaments. Assessment was made using the visual analog scale and GAITRite system to measure pain and walking ability during KT and non- KT conditions.

Results: In this study, compared to the non-KT condition, the KT condition showed a significant improvement in walking ability and pain reduction during walking (velocity, cadence, step length, and stride length) (p < 0.05).

Conclusion: This study demonstrated that knee KT has a positive effect on pain reduction and walking ability of the elderly with OA.


Osteoarthritis; Knee; Kinesio taping; Pain; Gait
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