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Volume 52 Number 3, 2015
   Pages 323 — 332

Abstract — Effects of Kinesio Tape application to quadriceps muscles on isokinetic muscle strength, gait, and functional parameters in patients with stroke

Timur Ekiz, MD;* Meryem Doğan Aslan, MD; Neşe Özgirgin, MD

Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Ankara Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Education and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey

Abstract — The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of Kinesio Tape (KT) application to quadriceps muscles on isokinetic muscle strength, gait, and functional parameters in patients with stroke. Twenty-four patients were allocated into KT and control groups. All patients participated in the same conventional rehabilitation program 5 times/wk for 4 wk. In addition, KT was applied to quadriceps muscles bilaterally to the patients in the KT group. Compared with baseline, peak torque levels increased significantly in both groups (all p < 0.05). However, change levels were significantly higher in the KT group than the control group at 60 degrees/second angular velocity (AV) in extension (p = 0.04) and 60 and 180 degrees/second AV in flexion (both p = 0.02) on the paretic side. Moreover, the change levels were more prominent in the KT group at 60 and 180 degrees/second AV in extension (p = 0.03 and p = 0.04, respectively) on the nonparetic side. Gait, balance, mobility, and quality of life values improved significantly in both groups (all p < 0.05), yet the change levels between the groups did not reach significance (p > 0.05). KT application to quadriceps muscles in addition to conventional exercises for 4 wk is effective on isokinetic but not functional parameters.

Key words: cerebrovascular disorders, gait, isokinetic, Kinesio Tape, Kinesio Taping, muscle strength, peak torque, quadriceps muscle, quality of life, rehabilitation, stroke.


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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Ekiz T, Doğan Aslan M, ???–zgirgin N. Effects of Kinesio Tape application to quadriceps muscles on isokinetic muscle strength, gait, and functional parameters in patients with stroke. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2015;52(3): 323–32.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2014.10.0243
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