Babol University of Medical Sciences, Iran
Mohammad Taghipourdarzinaghibi has completed his PhD from Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran. He has been a full time Associate Professor at Babol University of Medical Sciences, since spring 2007. He was the Head of Physiotherapy department in University and Dean of greatest hospital in north of Iran; now he is the Head of Physiotherapy Clinic at hospital and Deputy of Dean of Mobility Impairment Research Center and faculty of Medicine. He used to be a supervisor and advisor of many dissertations. He has published about 25 papers in journals and had 5 international presentations. [email protected] [email protected]
Background & Aims: Patellofemoral pain syndrome is the most common origin of anterior knee pain in adults, with incidence of 25% in people. Patellar taping is suggested in treatment of patients with patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) through improving the patellar positioning. The effectiveness and clinical efficacy of patellar taping was not clear, in treating the patients with PEPS. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of patellar taping on pain, quality of life and patellar alignments in patients with PFPS. Methods & Materials: A convenient sample of 15 PFPS patients aged between 20–50 years was recruited in this cross-sectional study. Corrective patellar taping according to McConnell method was applied by a skillful physiotherapist for 4 weeks. The taping was done 3 times in every week. The variables of pain intensity (by VAS), quality of life (by KOOS questionnaire) and patellar alignments (by skyline radiographic measurements) were evaluated in before and after the study period. Variables were statistically analyzed by paired t-test and P<0.05 was considered for significance. Findings: McConnell patellar taping for 4 weeks decreased the pain intensity (VAS) in patients with PFPS (P<0.05) significantly; however the quality of life score (KOOS questionnaire) and patellar alignments were not improved at the end of study period (P>0.05). Conclusion: Although McConnell patellar taping was helpful in pain reduction in patients with PFPS; but had not enough strength for improving the quality of life score (based on KOOS questionnaire) and patellar alignments. It appears that the final clinical judgment in regard of patellar taping is dependent on the type of impairments in initial evaluation.