Kinesiology Tape Could Replace Subacromial Injections For Treating Shoulder Pain
Subacromial injections are often recommended to patients suffering from severe shoulder pain. These injections are used to deliver cortisone to the injury site and diminish inflammation.
They can help to speed-up recovery times and reduce the probability of needing surgery. However, these injections are not risk free, and research has found that Kinesiology Tape may be just as effective and without side-effects.
A study published in Clinical Rheumatology investigated the effectiveness of subacromial injections compared with Kinesiology Tape to reduce shoulder pain. The Turkish researchers assessed 70 patients with “Sub-acromial Impingement Syndrome” and subsequent anterolateral shoulder pain. These patients had been prescribed cortisone injections to alleviate the pain.
During the study, patients were split into two groups. The first group received the prescribed injection, while the second group had their shoulder stabilized with Kinesiology Tape for a period of 3 weeks (5 days on, 2 off and repeated 3 times). During the study period both groups performed identical exercises designed to strengthen and stretch the shoulder muscles. Patient pain and shoulder motion were measured at baseline, one month and three months.
Researchers found that both groups reported significant improvements across all measures throughout the study period. Using Kinesiology Tape as an alternative, non-invasive therapy may help patients to find relief without subacromial injections. This would reduce potential negative side-effects and provide a cheap, user-friendly option.