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Effect of Kinesiology Taping on breast cancer-related lymphedema: a randomized single-blind controlled pilot study.

Smykla A, Walewicz K, Trybulski R, Halski T, Kucharzewski M, Kucio C, Mikusek W, Klakla K, Taradaj J - Biomed Res Int (2013)

Bottom Line: Comparing the changes in K-tapes with quasi K-tapes changes, there were no significant differences (P > 0.05).The edema reduction of multilayered bandages was much better than in results observed in taping groups.The KT appeared to be ineffective at secondary lymphedema after breast cancer treatment.

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Affiliation: Department of Physiotherapy Basics, Academy of Physical Education in Katowice, Mikolowska 72 Street, 40-065 Katowice, Poland.

ABSTRACT
The aim of the study was to assess the efficacy of Kinesiology Taping (KT) for treating breast cancer-related lymphedema. Sixty-five women with unilateral stage II and III lymphedema were randomly grouped into the KT group (K-tapes, n = 20), the Quasi KT group (quasi K-tapes, n = 22), or the MCT group (multilayered compression therapy group, n = 23). Skin care, 45 min pneumatic compression therapy, 1 h manual lymphatic drainage, and application of K-tape/Quasi K-tapes/multilayered short-stretch bandages were given every treatment session, 3 times per week for 1 month. Patient evaluation items included limb size and percentage edema. Comparing the changes in K-tapes with quasi K-tapes changes, there were no significant differences (P > 0.05). The edema reduction of multilayered bandages was much better than in results observed in taping groups. The KT appeared to be ineffective at secondary lymphedema after breast cancer treatment. The single-blind, controlled pilot study results suggest that K-tape could not replace the bandage, and at this moment it must not be an alternative choice for the breast cancer-related lymphedema patient. The trial is registered with ACTRN12613001173785.

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fig5: Optoelectronic limb volume measurement.

Mentions: To assess the volume of limb, we used an optoelectronic Perometer 40 T, cooperating with a personal computer. This method allowed us to estimate the volume of the measuring error for only 0.5%. The assessment technique was based on a special ring, equipped with a system of 378 LED diodes (emitting the infrared radiation). Within the ring were also the optical sensors that receive electromagnetic stimuli. In the course of measuring the limb was located inside the ring on the diode-sensor lines. The registered light pulses on the detectors were turned into electronic signals. The ring was moved during measurement to cover the entire limb (Figure 5). Measurements of the limb volume (both affected and healthy upper limb) were made for all three groups of patients before and after therapy (Figure 6).


Effect of Kinesiology Taping on breast cancer-related lymphedema: a randomized single-blind controlled pilot study.

Smykla A, Walewicz K, Trybulski R, Halski T, Kucharzewski M, Kucio C, Mikusek W, Klakla K, Taradaj J - Biomed Res Int (2013)

Optoelectronic limb volume measurement.
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

License
Show All Figures
getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC3860093&req=5

fig5: Optoelectronic limb volume measurement.
Mentions: To assess the volume of limb, we used an optoelectronic Perometer 40 T, cooperating with a personal computer. This method allowed us to estimate the volume of the measuring error for only 0.5%. The assessment technique was based on a special ring, equipped with a system of 378 LED diodes (emitting the infrared radiation). Within the ring were also the optical sensors that receive electromagnetic stimuli. In the course of measuring the limb was located inside the ring on the diode-sensor lines. The registered light pulses on the detectors were turned into electronic signals. The ring was moved during measurement to cover the entire limb (Figure 5). Measurements of the limb volume (both affected and healthy upper limb) were made for all three groups of patients before and after therapy (Figure 6).

Bottom Line: Comparing the changes in K-tapes with quasi K-tapes changes, there were no significant differences (P > 0.05).The edema reduction of multilayered bandages was much better than in results observed in taping groups.The KT appeared to be ineffective at secondary lymphedema after breast cancer treatment.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Physiotherapy Basics, Academy of Physical Education in Katowice, Mikolowska 72 Street, 40-065 Katowice, Poland.

ABSTRACT
The aim of the study was to assess the efficacy of Kinesiology Taping (KT) for treating breast cancer-related lymphedema. Sixty-five women with unilateral stage II and III lymphedema were randomly grouped into the KT group (K-tapes, n = 20), the Quasi KT group (quasi K-tapes, n = 22), or the MCT group (multilayered compression therapy group, n = 23). Skin care, 45 min pneumatic compression therapy, 1 h manual lymphatic drainage, and application of K-tape/Quasi K-tapes/multilayered short-stretch bandages were given every treatment session, 3 times per week for 1 month. Patient evaluation items included limb size and percentage edema. Comparing the changes in K-tapes with quasi K-tapes changes, there were no significant differences (P > 0.05). The edema reduction of multilayered bandages was much better than in results observed in taping groups. The KT appeared to be ineffective at secondary lymphedema after breast cancer treatment. The single-blind, controlled pilot study results suggest that K-tape could not replace the bandage, and at this moment it must not be an alternative choice for the breast cancer-related lymphedema patient. The trial is registered with ACTRN12613001173785.

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Related in: MedlinePlus