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Therapeutic tape use for lateral elbow tendinopathy: A survey of Australian healthcare practitioners

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posted on 2020-09-14, 00:00 authored by Caitlin HillCaitlin Hill, Robert StantonRobert Stanton, Luke HealesLuke Heales, Crystal Kean
Background: Lateral elbow tendinopathy (LET) is a common musculoskeletal condition that can be treated with therapeutic tape. However, little is known of taping practices for LET in a clinical setting. Objectives: To examine Australian healthcare practitioners’ taping techniques, clinical reasoning, and information sources regarding therapeutic tape use for LET. Design: Cross-sectional survey. Methods: An anonymous online survey was distributed between September 2018 and February 2019. Respondents answered questions about demographics, frequency of tape use, techniques, reasons for application, factors influencing clinical decision-making, and information sources, related to tape for LET. Results/findings: 188 Australian healthcare practitioners completed the survey. The majority of respondents were physiotherapists (n = 132, 70%) with the remainder of respondents being chiropractors (21%), myotherapists (3%), exercise physiologists (3%), or osteopaths (3%). 51% of respondents use tape as part of their management for LET at least half the time. The most popular taping technique used is a transverse band of rigid tape across the forearm (n = 78, 55% of respondents who use tape). The most common reasons for tape application are to reduce pain during occupational tasks (n = 123, 65%), and during sport/hobbies (n = 101, 54%). Respondents predominately rely on experience and patient preference to guide tape use. 63% of all respondents (n = 118) sought information about tape from professional development courses. Conclusion: A wide range of tape techniques are used to treat LET, despite limited evidence for efficacy. Justification for tape is largely based on experience and patient preference; with information mostly gained from professional development courses. More research is required to understand the relationship between the evidence and clinical use of tape to treat LET. © 2020 Elsevier Ltd

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Volume

48

Start Page

1

End Page

6

Number of Pages

6

eISSN

2468-7812

ISSN

2468-8630

Publisher

Elsevier

Peer Reviewed

  • Yes

Open Access

  • No

Acceptance Date

2020-03-24

Author Research Institute

  • Appleton Institute

Era Eligible

  • Yes

Journal

Musculoskeletal Science and Practice

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