COMPARING THE EFFECT OF CONVENTIONAL PHYSICAL THERAPY APPLICATIONS AND KINESIOLOGICAL TAPING ON PAIN INTENSITY AND QUALITY OF LIFE IN CHRONIC BACK AND LEG PAIN PATIENTS


Burcu ÖZÜBERK, Nihal BÜKER

ABSTRACT

Objectives: The aims of this study are to compare effects of conventional physical therapy and kinesiology taping methods on the patients with chronic low back and leg pain and to control in terms of pain intensity and quality of life.

Materials and Methods: A total of 48 participants were randomly divided into two groups; kinesiologic taping group and control group. The participants in both groups received a conventional physical therapy program. Kinesiologic taping group received four sessions a conventional physical therapy plus kinesiology tape on the piriformis muscle and sciatic nerve. Pain intensity (Visual Analog Scale), disability (Oswestry Disability Index), quality of life (Nottingham Health Profile), anxiety symptoms (Beck anxiety Inventory) were measured at baseline and after the treatment program.

Results: According to the groups comparison, there is no statistical significance (p ˃0.05) in pain, physical competence, anxiety level and quality of life.

Conclusion: In the results of this study, kinesiology taping method has not changed pain, quality of life, anxiety and disability level for participants with chronic low back and leg pain.  Also application of kinesiotaping did not cause to allergic reactions in those who participated.

Key Words: Low back pain; Kinesiologic Taping; Physiotherapy; Quality of Life.