Systematic Review on Effectiveness of shoulder taping in Hemiplegia

Hariharasudhan Ravichandran, Balamurugan Janakiraman, Subramanian Sundaram, Berihu Fisseha, Tsiwaye Gebreyesus, Asmare Yitayeh Gelaw

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Background: Shoulder pain and subluxation are the commonly encountered problems among subjects with hemiplegia. Rehabilitating the shoulder following stroke is a challenging task among physiotherapists in rehabilitation set up. There is a need to validate the effectiveness of externally applied taping materials in hemiplegic shoulder. Objective: This systematic review analyses the efficacy of taping on hemiplegic shoulder in terms of alleviating pain and managing subluxation. Methods: Systematic review of randomized controlled trials (RCTs)was conducted to determine the effects of taping on hemiplegic shoulder. Articles were electronically searched from the year 2000 to 2017 in the 4 databases, Google scholar, CINAHL, Pubmed, and Pedro. Reviewers graded the papers according to Lloyd-Smith's hierarchy of evidence scale. Papers were quality appraised using a systematic review of RCT tool developed by National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (United States), named as quality assessment of controlled intervention studies tool. Results: Eight papers were included, totaling 132 participants. All the RCT's included in this review were good quality. There was a significant effect on taping method for reduction of pain and subluxation among subjects with stroke. Conclusions: This systematic review provides sufficient evidence to suggest taping is a beneficial method for reducing pain and shoulder subluxation among stroke subjects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1463-1473
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Hemiplegia
  • Kinesio-taping
  • Stroke
  • Subluxation
  • Taping

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