Effect Of Kinesiotaping On The Quality Of Upper Extremity Function In Children With Hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy- An Experimental Study
Effect Of Kinesiotaping On The Quality Of Upper Extremity Function
Keywords:Hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy, Kinesiotaping, QUEST, Upper Extremity.
Background: Hemiplegic Cerebral palsy (CP) causes difficulty in reaching and grasping activities of the affected upper extremity. Kinesiotaping has been widely used in the last decade as an adjunct to a variety of treatment modalities including in the rehabilitation of paediatric population. Purpose of this study was to find the effect of kinesiotaping on the quality of upper extremity function in children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy. Objectives: To compare the effects of conventional treatment and conventional with kinesiotaping on the quality of upper extremity function in children with CP and to assess the effect of Kinesiotaping on fine motor and gross motor function in children with hemiplegic CP. Material And Methods: The study included 20 children who were diagnosed cases of hemiplegic CP. The experimental group was given kinesiotaping with conventional therapy and the control group received only conventional therapy. Quality of upper extremity skills test (QUEST) was used as an outcome measure. Both groups were evaluated with the QUEST before application of tape and immediately after tape application. 3 days later the tape was removed and immediately the QUEST score was recorded for both the groups. Result: The results showed no statistical difference in the final QUEST scores between the two groups as well as no difference in any domain. There was however clinical improvement between the experimental and control groups in weight bearing, dissociated movements and protective extension domains. Also there was statistically significant improvement in the gross motor scores in the experimental group as compared to control group (p= 0.44).Conclusion: Kinesiotaping can be used as an adjunct to conventional therapy to improve gross motor skills for improving upper extremity function in hemiplegic cerebral palsy.[Pandit S Natl J Integr Res Med, 2020; 11(5):06-10]