Does Dynamic Tape Alter Gait and Reduce Pain in Women with Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome?
A Double-Blind Randomised Controlled Trial
Robinson N, Spratford W, Gaida J, Fearon A.
Nicole Robinson recently won the ‘Best New Investigator Award’ from Sports Medicine Australia ACT, Australian Physiotherapy Association (ACT branch) ‘Best Student Paper’ and ‘Best Overall Paper’ for this well-conducted study that investigated the effect of Dynamic Taping on a Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome (GTPS) population.
This study showed reductions in hip adduction angle and momentum as well as hip internal rotation in the active Dynamic Taping group taped in the shortened position compared with no tape and taping in the lengthened position. This provides support that the mechanism has a mechanical component and is not simply somatosensory or due to expectation alone. It is suggested that these changes reduce the loading on the ITB directly via contributing some of the force but also indirectly due to the changes in kinematics and consequent reduction in compressive loading that occurs due to the change in position. Pain was also improved more in the active taping group.