Dr. Shamas Yousaf, Dr. Hadia Akhtar, Dr. Adil Nawaz Bajwa
Kinesio tape is an elastic therapeutic tape that finds its application as an adjunct to professional activities in healthcare, rehabilitation, prevention and sports. In circulatory pathologies, kinesio tape has the function to promote the drainage of excess fluid, activating a lymphatic drainage response. The main objectives of the study is to find the effect of intensive exercise program and kinesiotaping following total knee arthroplasty on functional recovery of patients. This descriptive study was conducted in Allama Iqbal Memorial Teaching Hospital, Sialkot during January 2020 to June 2020. We included 50 patients, 35 males and 15 females, presenting pain and functional impairment with knee OA (PF and TF knee compartments), without concomitant chronic conditions. Patients were of a similar height and weight, had a median age of 63 (54–72 years) and a duration of disease of 5.5 (±4.32) years. When the groups undergoing and not undergoing TKA were considered, no difference was found between the two groups in terms of age (t = − 0.123, p = 0.903). The gender distribution of the groups is not different (p = 1.000). There was no significant difference between the two groups in terms of body mass index (BMI), Lysholm score, and 6-min walk test score (p > 0.05). It is concluded that a reduction in knee pain, improvement in knee function and also less need for medication following the use of KT in combination with exercise in patients with knee OA.