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The Effect of Cervical Taping on Neck Pain and Kinematics in Patients With Chronic Neck Pain

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02915887
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : September 27, 2016
Last Update Posted : September 27, 2016
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Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Hilla Sarig Bahat, University of Haifa

Brief Summary:

Objective: This study examined the effects of elastic tape applied to the neck on patients experiencing chronic neck pain.

Background: Neck pain is often persistent or recurrent. Various treatments have been described, including exercises and manual therapy. Taping is commonly used clinically in the management of neck pain, however research in this field is sparse.

Methods: Elastic tape was applied over the posterior cervical extensor muscles from insertion to origin on patients experiencing chronic neck pain. Patients were assessed pre-taping, immediately post-taping, and one week post-taping and did not receive additional physiotherapy during the study.

Subjective measures included the Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) for pain intensity, the Neck Disability Index (NDI) to determine the level of disability in daily living, and the Tampa Scale of Kinesiophobia (TSK) to assess fear of movement or re-injury. Objective outcome measures included cervical range of motion, velocity, smoothness, and accuracy of cervical motion. These kinematic measures were collected using a customised virtual reality system designed to evaluate neck motion disorders.


Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Neck Pain Cervical Pain Chronic Pain Other: Cervical Taping Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 27 participants
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: The Short-term Effect of Cervical Taping on Neck Pain, Disability and Kinematics in Patients With Chronic Neck Pain: A Non-randomised Clinical Trial
Study Start Date : January 2015
Actual Primary Completion Date : March 2015
Actual Study Completion Date : June 2015

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: cervical taping
Participants received treatment including elastic taping application to the neck. They were assessed 3 times: Pre taping, 20 minutes post-taping on day 1, and 7 days post-taping.
Other: Cervical Taping
Kinesio®Tex Tape 23 was used in this study. Two strips of tape were applied. The first layer was a Y-shaped strip with 2 tails on 2 sides of the cervical vertebrae, placed over the posterior cervical extensor muscles and applied from the insertion to origin. The second strip was an I-shaped approximately 20cm long, transversally applied over the C5-C7 vertebra with a tension-on-base technique in a space correction technique.




Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Self-reported pain intensity was measured by theVisual Analogue Scale (VAS, 0-100mm) [ Time Frame: One week ]
    The Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) was used to measure neck pain intensity (0- 100mm).

  2. Cervical range of motion was measured by the neck VR system (ROM, degrees) [ Time Frame: One week ]
    Cervical range of motion was measured to four directions- flexion, extension, right and left rotation, during the VR assessment.


Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Cervical motion accuracy was measured by the VR system (Accuracy, degrees). [ Time Frame: one week ]
    Cervical motion accuracy was collected in the VR accuracy module. It was defined as the difference in degrees between target and player position at each given sample to provide values for accumulated accuracy error in degrees.

  2. Self-reported disability was measured using the Neck Disability Index (NDI, 0-100%) [ Time Frame: One week ]
    Disability due to neck pain was measured using the neck disability index (NDI)

  3. Fear of movement was assessed using the TAMPA Scale of Kinesiophobia (TSK, 0-68) [ Time Frame: One week ]
    Tampa Scale of Kinesiophobia (TSK) was used to assess fear of movement or re-injury. TSK was found to be associated with measures of behavioral avoidance and disability.



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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Chronic neck pain (>3 months), with or without referral to the upper limb;
  • Age of 18 years or more;
  • Pain intensity ≥ 30% on Visual Analogue Scale (VAS).

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Subjects were excluded if they had physiotherapy in the previous 2 months, known skin allergy to the tape, evidence for active vestibular disorders, medical conditions that may affect performance such as Rheumatic Arthritis, Diabetes Mellitus, neurological disorders, head injuries, lower limb pathologies, local or systemic infections, inability to communicate and provide informed consent, unstable fracture/dislocation, post-orthopaedic surgery in the upper body or spine, and pregnancy.

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Locations
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Israel
The Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Sciences
Haifa, Israel, 3498838
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Haifa
Investigators
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Principal Investigator: Hilla Sarig Bahat, PT, PhD Department of Physical Therapy, University of Haifa

Publications:
Macdonald, Taping techniques principles and practice. second edition ed. 2004: Elsevier limited.

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Responsible Party: Hilla Sarig Bahat, Dr, University of Haifa
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02915887     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: HillaUHaifa
First Posted: September 27, 2016    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: September 27, 2016
Last Verified: September 2016
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No

Keywords provided by Hilla Sarig Bahat, University of Haifa:
neck pain
chronic
taping
kinematics
motion analysis
physiotherapy

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Chronic Pain
Neck Pain
Pain
Neurologic Manifestations
Signs and Symptoms