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Bracing and taping techniques and patellofemoral pain syndrome

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Jessee AD, Gourley MM, Valovich McLeod TC. Bracing and taping techniques and patellofemoral pain syndrome. J Athl Train. 2012;47(3):358–9. PubMed #22892417.
Tags: patellar pain, treatment, self-treatment, devices, arthritis, aging, pain problems, knee, leg, limbs, overuse injury, injury, running, exercise

PainSci summary of Jessee 2012?This page is one of thousands in the PainScience.com bibliography. It is not a general article: it is focused on a single scientific paper, and it may provide only just enough context for the summary to make sense. Links to other papers and more general information are provided at the bottom of the page, as often as possible. ★★★☆☆?3-star ratings are for typical studies with no more (or less) than the usual common problems. Ratings are a highly subjective opinion, and subject to revision at any time. If you think this paper has been incorrectly rated, please let me know.

This is a review of the results of five studies of bracing and taping for patellofemoral pain. All of them provided low quality but positive evidence: taping seemed to work at least a little, and better in combination with exercise. More evidence is certainly needed to confirm the benefit. No magic bullet here, but a cheap, easy and safe option to consider.

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[Partial abstract:] According to the systematic review by D'hondt et al, the strength of retrieved research-based evidence of effectiveness of orthotic devices in the treatment of patellofemoral pain syndrome was graded C. This grade was appropriate because all trials had low-quality methodologic evidence to support or reject the effectiveness of orthotics and taping techniques in reducing pain. Although very little scientific evidence is available regarding the use of orthotics and taping techniques, D'hondt et al identified trends in orthotics and taping techniques that should be considered in clinical practice. A comprehensive exercise and stretching program with tape application was more effective in decreasing worst pain and usual pain and increasing functional improvement. This finding indicates that patellofemoral pain syndrome is best treated by using more than 1 intervention. In addition, no difference was apparent in pain outcomes between McConnell taping technique and Couman bandage: neither technique resolved pain. The Protonics orthosis actively affected patellar tracking by reducing internal rotation of the femur and compression on the lateral aspect of the patella. As a result, the Protonics orthosis reduced pain compared with no treatment. In contrast, the Couman bandage is used only to guide the patellar tracking pattern and massage the structures around the patella during motion. Yet a home exercise program with the addition of a stretching program and McConnell taping decreased pain and increased function, which may suggest that a combination of treatment approaches is needed to effectively treat the condition, as found in previous studies.

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