Neuromuscular taping for chronic nonspecific low back pain: a randomized, single-blind controlled trial

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Aging Clin Exp Res. January 6, 2022. doi: 10.1007 / s40520-021-02029-0. Online ahead of print.

ABSTRACT

BACKGROUND: Low back pain is a worldwide pain syndrome causing severe limitations in daily activity. Common treatment guidelines recommend medication and exercise.

OBJECTIVE: To assess the effectiveness of a standardized lumbar application of neuromuscular taping (NMT) in reducing pain and improving function associated with back therapy (BST).

METHODS: Randomized, single-blind, controlled trial. The experimental group was treated with BTS followed by three applications of NMT over 8 days and the control group received only BST. All the patients were evaluated before and at the end of treatment, 4 and 8 weeks after the end of the BST and with a three-month remote follow-up since the last evaluation, with numerical scale of the pain, index of incapacity d ‘Oswestry and Schober’s test.

RESULTS: Significant pain reduction and functional improvement were observed in follow-up evaluations in the experimental group.

CONCLUSION: Combining standardized application of NMT with BTS significantly improved function and reduced pain with longer efficacy.

PMID:34988932 | DO I:10.1007 / s40520-021-02029-0

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