The Effectiveness of Kinesio-Taping and Muscle Energy Technique Versus Knee Strengthening Exercises on Pain and Function in Subjects with Osteoarthritis of the Knee

Authors

  • Kavitha K
  • Kotteeswaran K

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/cqwwkx59

Keywords:

Knee Osteoarthritis, Kinesio-taping, Muscle energy technique, KOOS, NPRS.

Abstract

Background: An approach known as Kinesio-taping will be used to support the knee joint and muscle. MET is
a sort of manual therapy that uses moderate isometric contractions to relax the muscles and reduces discomfort,
stress and strain. It also prevents knee instability by enhancing quadriceps and hamstring muscle strength and
function in patients with OA knees.
Objective: The purpose of the study was to investigate the effectiveness of Kinesio-taping and muscle energy
techniques for pain and function in terms of NPRS and KOOS in subjects with OA knee.
Methodology: Forty osteoarthritis patients were randomly assigned to one of two groups (A or B). Group A
(n=20) will receive Kinesio-taping and (MET) post-isometric relaxation for the hamstring, quadriceps, and
gastrocnemius muscles along with interferential therapy. Group B (n=20) will receive knee strengthening exercises
for both hamstring and quadriceps and interferential therapy for a period of thrice a week for 6 weeks. The NPRS
(numerical pain rating scale) and KOOS (knee injury and osteoarthritis outcome score) were used to assess pain
and functional improvement before and after the tests.
Results: Group A showed a significant mean difference (P = >0.001) between the NPRS and KOOS. Hence Group-A
Kinesio-taping and muscle energy technique along with IFT are significant in treating individuals with pain and
function in Osteoarthritis of the knee.
Conclusion: This study concluded that the Kinesio-taping and MET (post isometric relaxation) with IFT (Group
A) shows effectiveness in improving the pain and function in the OA knee.

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Author Biographies

  • Kavitha K

    Post Graduate Saveetha College of Physiotherapy, Saveetha Institute of Medical & Technical
    Science, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.

  • Kotteeswaran K

    Professor, Saveetha College of Physiotherapy, Saveetha Institute of Medical & Technical Science, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.

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Published

2024-01-21

How to Cite

The Effectiveness of Kinesio-Taping and Muscle Energy Technique Versus Knee Strengthening Exercises on Pain and Function in Subjects with Osteoarthritis of the Knee. (2024). Indian Journal of Physiotherapy & Occupational Therapy - An International Journal, 18(5), 32-37. https://doi.org/10.37506/cqwwkx59