Title

Immediate effects of McConnell taping technique in improving pain and functionality of a patient with knee osteoarthritis : a case study

Date of Completion

2013

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy

Keywords

Osteoarthritis, Athletic Tape

Abstract

The case study was done at the home of a patient medically diagnosed to have osteoarthritis and have met the requirements set by the American College of Rheumatology guidelines for classification of knee osteoarthritis. The sampling method used is purposive sampling and there is no blinding of the study. The outcome measures used were the Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) for pain measurement and Activities of Daily Living Scale-Knee outcome survery (ADLS-KOS) for measuring the functionality of the participant’s lower extremity. To analyze the difference of score in using visual analogue scale, the researchers used the formula wherein the difference between pre and post visual analog scale score is divided by the previsualize analog scale multiplied by 100% to get the percentage of improvement. The functional score of the patient has improved from 50% (pre) to 67.14% (post) showing difference of 17.14%. This suggests that the patient has improved on walking, going upstairs, standing and rising from a chair. Areas in which the patient showed no improvement are sitting with knees bent because the patient is not able to perform the activities even after the tape was applied. The VAS score of the patient showed improvement from 5/10 to 3/10 immediately after the tape was applied. The patient's pain improved by 40%. McConnel taping technique showed positive immediate effects as to pain reduction and functional improvement in the participant of the study. It also showed that there were areas which were not affected by the taping technique which yielded no improvement and they are kneeling on front of knees and squatting and may be attributed to the old age of the patient.

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