Study: Utilizing Kinesiology Tape Post Surgery 0n Horses was Shown to Significantly Decrease Swelling
A study that was recently published in the Journal of Equine Veterinary Science demonstrated a reduction in swelling in horses that were taped using kinesiology tape (the inflammation reduction taping) following arthroscopic tibia-patellofemoral surgery.
The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of therapeutic bandages, the Kinesio Taping Method (KTM), in controlling swelling following arthroscopic tibio-patellofemoral surgery in horses. In vivo experimental study was studied. Twelve horses undergoing experimental tibio-patellofemoral arthroscopy were divided into two groups: six animals in the control group (CG) (without tape) and six animals in the treatment group (TG) that received therapeutic bandages based on the KTM. All of the horses were evaluated by thermography of the lateral and cranial aspect of the joint as well as by a perimeter assessment of the tibio-patellofemoral joint. The TG showed greater control of postoperative swelling with a significant reduction in swelling after 24 hours of treatment compared to the CG staying up to 72 hours, but there were no significant differences in temperature based on the thermography. In this study, which was unprecedented in horses, the use of therapeutic bandages resulted in a significant reduction in postoperative swelling of tibio-patellofemoral arthroscopy in horses compared with CG. Although often employed in human rehabilitation, this therapy is potentially beneficial for veterinary rehabilitation, specifically in horses.
The results of this study demonstrate a reduction in the perimeter of the tibio-patellofemoral joint after the application of therapeutic bandages using a cutting "FAN" technique, which is derived from the Kinesio Taping Method. Furthermore, there was a demonstrated edema reduction in post patellofemoral arthroscopy in horses. However, additional studies are necessary to confirm the effects of Kinesio Tape in animals due to the absence of studies related to veterinary medicine.
de Mattos LHL, Yamada ALM, dos Santos VH, Hussni CA, Rodrigues
CA, Watanabe MJ, Alves ALG, Treatment with Therapeutic bandages to control equine post- Arthroscopic Tibio-Patellofemoral Swelling, Journal of Equine Veterinary Science (2017), doi: 10.1016/ j.jevs.2017.02.001
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