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The Effects and Predictors of Patella Taping in the Treatment of Patellafemoral Pain Syndrome

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
National Taiwan University Hospital Identifier:
First received: December 18, 2009
Last updated: November 15, 2012
Last verified: November 2012

Background: Taping has been used for more than 20 years for patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) but the effectiveness is still controversial.

Purpose: This prospective study was conducted to investigate the effect and predictors of effectiveness of taping in treating PFPS.

Study design: Prospective cohort study Methods: One hundred consecutive patients with the diagnosis of PFPS were included in the study. Factors including sex, age, body mass index (BMI), Q angle, lateral patella displacement (LPD), lateral patellofemoral angle (LPA) and pre-taping pain score were measured. One well-trained therapist applied adhesive tape to each patient by McConnell approach. Before and after taping, patients completed a visual analog pain scale (VAS) after performing a step-down from an 8-inch platform. Paired-t test was used for the difference of the VAS score measured before and after taping. Patients with improvement of more than 1 point in VAS score after taping were considered responsible, and others were non-responsible. The results were analyzed by logistic regression.

Condition Intervention
Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome Other: taping

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Triple (Care Provider, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: The Effects and Predictors of Patella Taping in the Treatment of Patellafemoral Pain Syndrome

Further study details as provided by National Taiwan University Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • VAS score [ Time Frame: two weeks ]

Enrollment: 100
Study Start Date: April 2009
Study Completion Date: June 2009
Primary Completion Date: May 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: 1 Other: taping
Briefly, the patella was manually displaced medially, and maintained in the position by Tex Tape (Kinesio Holding Corporation, Albuquerque, NM)
Other Name: McConnell taping, patella tapping


Ages Eligible for Study:   20 Years to 60 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • (1) between the age of 20 to 60 years, (2) antero-, retro-, or peri-patellar pain from at least two of the following: prolonged sitting, ascending or descending stairs, prolonged walking, squatting, and (3) insidious onset of symptoms unrelated to a traumatic incident.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • (1) symptoms or signs of any intrarticular derangement of the knee joint, such as effusion, ligament laxity, and meniscal tear, (2) tenderness over the patella tendon, iliotibial band, or pes anserinus tendons, (3) Osgood-Schlatter disease or Sinding-Larsen-Joahanssen syndromes, (4) referral pain from hip or lumbar region, (5) a history of patellar dislocation, previous knee surgery or infection, (6) malignancy, (7) present pregnancy, (8) recent treatment for the PFPS, such as physiotherapy, non-steroid anti-inflammatory or corticosteroid medication, (9) advanced osteoarthritis of the knee joint.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01727596

Taipei, Taiwan, 100
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Taiwan University Hospital
Study Chair: Ching-Chuan Jiang, M.D. PHD National Taiwan University Hospital
  More Information

Responsible Party: National Taiwan University Hospital Identifier: NCT01727596     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 200904034R
Study First Received: December 18, 2009
Last Updated: November 15, 2012

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Somatoform Disorders
Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
Pathologic Processes
Mental Disorders
Joint Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases processed this record on August 18, 2017