Comparison between Kinesio Taping and a Traditional Physical Therapy Program in Treatment of Nonspecific Low Back Pain

Nonspecific low back pain (NSLBP) is a largely self-limiting condition that afflicts many people. Several types of tape and their associated application methods are available for different conditions. The aim of the present study was to observe the effect of Kinesio taping (KT) compared with traditional management of NSLBP. Forty male and female patients with a mean age of 34.8±7.54 years were separated at random into two groups; group 1 (n=20) which were given conventional physical therapy with KT, and group 2 (n=20), who were given only conventional physical therapy. The intervention sessions for both groups were three times per week for four weeks. Outcomes were assessed for activities of daily living (ADL) using the Roland-Morris Disability Questionnaire, pain severity using a visual analogue scale, and ranges of motion (ROMs) of trunk flexion and extension using the modified Schober’s test. Significant differences in measures of pain, ADL, and trunk flexion and extension ROMs were seen post intervention within each group. In comparison, there weren’t any significant differences in measures of pain, ADL, and trunk flexion and extension ROMs post intervention between groups.

A physical therapy program comprised of strengthening exercises for abdominal muscles and stretching exercises for back, hamstring, and iliopsoas muscles with or without Kinesio taping was advantageous in the treatment of chronic low back pain.