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Kinesiotape Corrects Glenohumeral Deformity Associated with Obstetric Brachial Plexus Palsy and Improves Shoulder Function: a Randomized, Controlled Trial

ZHU Yu-lan;ZHANG Bei;CHEN Liang;BAI Yu-long;Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Huashan Hospital, Fudan University;  
Objective:To evaluate the efficency of Kinesiotape in treating glenohumeral deformity caused by obstetric brachial plexus palsy(OBPP) by a randomized controlled trial. Methods: Forty-four children diagnosed with OBPP were randomly assigned to control group(n = 22) and therapeutic group(n = 22). All the patients had received exercise therapy, and the ones in the therapeutic group received Kinesiotape in addition. The angle between the trunk axis and the axis of the injured arm and posterior glenoid-humeral angle were used to assess the anatomical improvement. Mallet scale and Gilbert grading system were employed to assess the functional improvement. Results: After 6 months' treatment with Kinesiotape and exercise therapy, significant differences in the angle between the trunk axis and the axis of the injured arm and posterior glenoid-humeral angle were observed between the two groups(P0.05). However, functional improvement was observed in boththe groups statistically(P0.05). Greater functional improvements were found in the therapeutic group than that in the control group(P0.05). Conclusion: Kinesiotape can correct glenohumeral deformity associated with obstetric brachial plexus palsy and improve shoulder function.
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