The effects of neuromuscular taping on gait walking strategy in a patient with joint hypermobility syndrome/Ehlers–Danlos syndrome hypermobility type

Filippo Camerota, Manuela Galli, Veronica Cimolin, Claudia Celletti, Andrea Ancillao, David Blow, Giorgio Albertini

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Abstract

Objective: In this case study, biomechanical alterations induced by neuromuscular taping (NMT) were quantified, during walking, in a patient with joint hypermobility syndrome/Ehlers– Danlos syndrome hypermobility type (JHS/EDS-HT). Methods: A female JHS/EDS-HT patient underwent NMT applications over the low back spine and bilaterally to the knee. Quantitative gait analyses were collected before the NMT application and at the end of the treatment (2 weeks after the first application of NMT). Results: At the end of treatment following the NMT application, left step length showed improvements in cadence and velocity, the left knee showed a reduction in its flexed position at initial contact, and the right ankle joint improved its position at initial contact and in the swing phase. Improvements were also found in kinetics, in terms of the ankle moment and power. Conclusions: Results show that NMT seems to be a promising low-cost intervention for improving gait strategy in patients with JHS/EDS-HT. Further investigations are needed to assess the effects of this treatment intervention on pathological symptoms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-10
Number of pages8
JournalTherapeutic Advances in Musculoskeletal Disease
Volume7
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 5 2015

Keywords

  • Ehlers–Danlos syndrome
  • gait analysis
  • neuromuscular taping
  • rehabilitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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