Date of Award


Degree Type

Selective Evidence-Based Medicine Review

Degree Name

Master of Science in Health Sciences - Physician Assistant


Physician Assistant Studies


OBJECTIVE: The objective of this selective EBM review is to determine whether or not is the use of Kinesio Tape (KT) effective in reducing pain post-operative anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery.

STUDY DESIGN: Review of three randomized control trial studies that were published between 2013 and 2017 in peer reviewed journals. Two articles were published in English language while one article was published in Polish language then translated to English language.

DATA SOURCES: All three randomized control trials were found via PubMed

OUTCOMES MEASURED: The primary outcomes measured by the patient and investigator was the efficacy of KT in the reduction of pain during a specific post-operative period. Pain was reported by the patient through the Laitinen pain scale and the Lysholm scale.

RESULTS: The first study showed statistically relevant differences when compared as intragroup but when compared as intergroups the results were insignificant (Chan MC, Wee JW, Lim MH. Clin J Sport Med. 2017;27(3):260-265. doi: 10.1097/JSM.0000000000000345. doi). The results found by Balki et al were determined to have insignificant differences (Acta Orthop Traumatol Turc. 2016;50(6):628-634. doi: S1017-995X(16)30222-X [pii]) while the last study was found to have significant differences (Boguszewski D, Tomaszewska I, Adamczyk JG, Bialoszewski D. Ortop Traumatol Rehabil.2013;15(5):469-478. doi: 0.5604/15093492.1084361.)

CONCLUSIONS: The answer to whether KT is effective in reducing post-operative pain is inconclusive based upon the three selected studies.