Authors: PINAR YILDIRIM, BANU DİLEK, EBRU ŞAHİN, SELMİN GÜLBAHAR, RAMAZAN KIZIL
Abstract: Background and aim: This study aims to ultrasonographically and clinically evaluate the additive contribution of kinesiotaping to tendon and nerve gliding exercises in the treatment of mild or moderate carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). Materials and methods: Thirty-eight wrists of patients (n = 21) with CTS were randomized into two groups as the intervention group (n = 19) and the control group (n = 19). Tendon and nerve gliding exercises were given to both groups. In the intervention group, additional kinesiotaping was performed three times with 5-day intervals. Functional assessments were performed with the Boston Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Questionnaire and the Moberg pick-up test. Hand grip and pinch strength were evaluated. Cross-section area (CSA) of the median nerve was measured by ultrasonography. All assessments were performed at baseline and at 3 and 6 weeks after treatment. Results: In the intervention group, there was a significant improvement in all clinical assessments and in the CSA of the median nerve at the level of proximal carpal bones. In the control group, a significant improvement was detected in all clinical parameters except grip strength and ultrasonographic measurements. There was no significant difference in the clinical and ultrasonographic findings between the groups at 6 weeks. Conclusion: Kinesiotaping may provide a positive contribution to ultrasonographic and clinical outcomes in the treatment of mild or moderate CTS in the short term.
Keywords: Carpal tunnel syndrome, kinesiotaping, ultrasonography
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