This study aimed to compare the effects of kinesiotaping and neuromuscular electric stimulation (NMES)on pain, and motor
activity and function in patients with upper extremity hemiplegia. A total of 67 outpatients who acquired ischemic stroke with
the upper extremity involvement were enrolled in the study. The patients were randomly assigned to an NMES group, a kinesiotape
implementation group, and a control group in addition to physiotherapy. Treatment duration was 4 weeks. Motor Activity Log-
28, Fugl–Meyer Sensorimotor Assessment Scale (FM), and visual analog scale (VAS) were used for the assessment. A significant
improvement in FM (taping group, p ≤ 0.001; NMES, p ≤ 0.001; control group, p ≤ 0.001) and motor activity scores was found in all
groups, although this effect was superior in function for the taping group (p = 0.027). A significant decrease was found in the pain
intensity both at rest (taping group: P ≤ 0.007; NMES: P ≤ 0.014), and with activity for the taping and NMES groups (taping: p≤ 0.010;
NMES: p≤ 0.016), whereas no significant decrease was found in the control group either at rest or with activity (p = 0.054 for both).
No reverse effect was reported. Data suggested that all treatment options were effective on motor activity and pain but kinesiotaping
seemed to have a superior effect on function.
Gul Oznur Karabicak has completed his PhD at the age of 29 years from Hacettepe University and still works as a assistant proffessor in Baskent University Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Department. She mainly studies on rehabilitation, exercise, orthapaedics.
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