Kinesiotaping the post-stroke shoulder

Does it help?

It is estimated that 17-72% of patients who suffer a stroke will have difficulties with their shoulder movements. Pain and associated difficultly with active range of motion are common issues faced by physiotherapists working with stroke patients.

Muscle weakness is often named as the main cause of shoulder dysfunction following stroke, and without proper activation of the muscles, the tendons and soft tissue may be prone to stretch and shoulder dislocation.

The aim of this study was to investigate whether the additional use of kinesiotape in physiotherapy treatment supported the muscle activation and improved shoulder pain following stroke.


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