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Effect of Elastic and Non-elastic Taping on Pain, Balance, and Left / Right Step Time Difference in Patients with Acute Ankle Sprain
J Korean Soc Phys Med 2018;13(3):67-73
Published online August 31, 2018;
© 2018 Journal of The Korean Society of Physical Medicine.

Yong-Ho Cho, PT, Ph.D⋅Jin-Ho Choi, PT, Ph.D⋅Sun-Wook Park, PT, Ph.D1†

Department of Physical Therapy, Daegu Haany University
1Department of Physical Therapy, Samsung Medical Center
Received July 20, 2018; Revised July 20, 2018; Accepted August 8, 2018.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
PURPOSE: This study was conducted to investigate the effects of pain, balance, and left / right step time difference between elastic taping and non-elastic taping in patients with acute ankle sprain.
METHODS: The subjects were patients with acute ankle sprains who had been injured within 1 day. A total of 30 subjects were divided into three groups (CG: control group, EG1: experimental group 1, EG2: experimental group 2) of 10 people. The intervention period was 3 days. In the CG, only physical therapy (cryotherapy+pulsed ultrasound) was performed, while physical therapy and elastic taping were applied in EG 1 and physical therapy and non-elastic taping were applied in EG 2.
RESULTS: Changes in pain, balance and left / right step time difference following intervention decreased significantly in all three groups. After intervention, the balance between the groups differed significantly between the CG and the EGs. In addition, the left / right step time difference differed significantly between the CG and EGs, as well as between the EG 1 and the EG 2.
CONCLUSION: Physiotherapy is helpful for treatment of pain associated with acute ankle sprain. Taping is considered to be a way to provide more balance and gait ability.
Keywords : Acute ankle sprain, Elastic tape, Non-elastic tape, Pain

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