Turkish Neurosurgery 2012 , Vol 22 , Num 1
The Effect of KinesioTape Application on Functional Performance in Surgeons Who have Musculo-Skeletal Pain after Performing Surgery
1Gazi University, Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Physiotherapy Rehabilitation, Ankara, Turkey
2Hacettepe University, Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, Ankara, Turkey
3Baskent University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuorosurgery, Ankara, Turkey
DOI : 10.5137/1019-5149.JTN.5377-11.1 AIM: Surgeons make up a unique group that is at risk for developing work-related musculoskeletal symptoms. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of Kinesiotape technique on pain and functional performance in surgeons who have musculoskeletal system pain after performing surgery.

MATERIAL and METHODS: 32 surgeons between the ages of 27 and 44 yrs working in a university hospital were included. The Visual Analog Scale (VAS) was used to evaluate the surgeons' neck and low back pain and the Oswestry Low Back and Neck Disability Indexes were used to determine the impact of pain on daily living activities. First, surgeons were evaluated without Kinesiotape application, then evaluated again on the first day and fourth day of Kinesiotape application.

RESULTS: The results showed that surgeons had a significant reduction in neck and low back pain (p<0.05). There were improvements in both Oswestry Low Back Disability Index and Neck Disability Index scores when compared with their initial status (p<0.05). After Kinesiotape application, neck and low back range of motions' scores showed an increase (p<0.05).

CONCLUSION: Findings demonstrated that Kinesio taping would be an effective method for reducing neck and low back pain and improving functional performance. Keywords : Surgeons, Musculoskeletal pain, Kinesiotaping, Performance

Corresponding author : Nihan Karatas, nihankaratas86@hotmail.com