Rigid shoulder taping with physiotherapy in patients with subacromial pain syndrome: A randomized controlled trial

Steven J Kamper, Joeri Kalter, Dirk L Knol, Maurits W van Tulder, Raymond W Ostelo

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OBJECTIVE: To assess the effectiveness of individualized physiotherapy in combination with rigid taping compared with individualized physiotherapy alone in patients with subacromial pain syndrome.

DESIGN: A prospective randomized trial with concealed allocation.

PATIENTS: A total of 140 patients between 18 and 65 years of age from primary physiotherapy settings.

METHODS: The intervention group received individualized physiotherapy and shoulder taping. The control group received individualized physiotherapy only. Primary outcomes were: pain intensit (numerical rating scale) and functioning (Simple Shoulder Test). Secondary outcomes were: global perceived effect and patient-specific complaints. Data were collected at baseline, and at 4, 12 and 26 weeks' follow-up.

RESULTS: During the 6-month follow-up period multilevel analysis showed a significant difference between groups favouring the control group on pain intensity (p = 0.02), but not on functioning. Regarding secondary outcomes, a significant difference between groups was found favouring the intervention group for global perceived effect (p = 0.02), but not for patient-specific complaints.

CONCLUSION: Rigid shoulder taping, as used in this study, cannot be recommended for improving physiotherapy outcomes in people with subacromial pain syndrome.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)347-353
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of rehabilitation medicine
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 6 Apr 2017


  • Journal Article
  • Multilevel analysis
  • Pain
  • Physical therapy modalities
  • Randomized controlled trial
  • Shoulder impingement syndrome

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