Taping for lateral epicondylalgia

Sticking to the facts: A systematic review of the effects of therapeutic tape in lateral epicondylalgia George, C., Heales, L., Stanton, R., Wintour, S., & Kean, C. Level of Evidence: 3a Follow recommendation: 👍 👍 👍 Type of study: Therapeutic Topic: Lateral epicondylalgia – Effect of taping. This is a systematic review assessing the effect of strapping on pain and grip strength in patients with lateral epicondylalgia. The effect of rigid tape, kinesiotape, and placebo tape was assessed. Eight papers were included for a total of 183 participants with lateral epicondylalgia. The results showed that the placebo tape provided 3-22% symptomatic relief. The experimental taping was generally more effective than placebo taping and led to a 20-52% reduction in symptoms 30 minutes after its application. After 1 to 2 weeks of repetitive taping application, symptoms reduced by 17-61%. There were mixed findings for pain-free grip strength improvements. Clinical Take Home Message: Hand therapists may use rigid tape or kinesiotape to reduce symptoms in patients with lateral epicondylalgia. Taping appears to reduce symptoms immediately and in the short term. Hand therapists should not expect improvements in pain-free grip strength. URL: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1466853X1930032X?via%3Dihub