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Effects of postural taping on pain, function and quality of life following osteoporotic vertebral fractures—A feasibility trial

Palmer, Shea; Barnett, Sue; Cramp, Mary; Berry, Alice; Thomas, Amanda; Clark, Emma M

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Shea Palmer Shea.Palmer@uwe.ac.uk
Professor in Allied Health Professions

Mary Cramp Mary.Cramp@uwe.ac.uk
Portfolio Lead: Health and Social Wellbeing Research

Alice Berry Alice.Berry@uwe.ac.uk
Research Fellow in Process Evaluation

Amanda Thomas

Emma M Clark



Abstract

Copyright © 2018 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Objective: Osteoporotic vertebral fractures (OVFs) are common and present a significant burden to patients and healthcare services. Poor posture can increase vertebral pressure, pain and the risk of further fractures. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of postural taping on pain, function and quality of life when used in addition to usual care. Methods: A feasibility randomized, controlled trial was carried out in men and women with at least one clinically diagnosed painful OVF. Participants were randomly allocated to use an adhesive postural taping device at home for 4weeks or to continue with usual care. Outcomes assessed at baseline and 4weeks included pain at rest and on movement (visual analogue scales [VASs]), and function and quality of life (Quality of Life Questionnaire of the European Foundation for Osteoporosis [QUALEFFO]). Health resource use and acceptability were explored using a specifically designed questionnaire. Results: Twenty-four participants completed the trial (taping, n=13; control, n=11). Groups were comparable in age, although the control group contained more men (n=3 versus n=0) and scored slightly lower on most outcome measures at baseline. Descriptive analysis favoured the taping group for most outcome measures. Effect sizes were small to medium (0.37, 0.45 and 0.66 for VAS rest, VAS movement and QUALEFFO, respectively). Conclusions: The taping device demonstrated potential to improve pain and function. However, the findings need to be replicated in an appropriately powered study. The study procedures were largely acceptable. A more extensive pilot trial is recommended prior to a definitive trial.

Citation

Palmer, S., Barnett, S., Cramp, M., Berry, A., Thomas, A., & Clark, E. M. (2018). Effects of postural taping on pain, function and quality of life following osteoporotic vertebral fractures—A feasibility trial. Musculoskeletal Care, 16(3), 345-352. https://doi.org/10.1002/msc.1350

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 23, 2018
Online Publication Date May 28, 2018
Publication Date Sep 1, 2018
Journal Musculoskeletal Care
Print ISSN 1478-2189
Electronic ISSN 1557-0681
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 16
Issue 3
Pages 345-352
DOI https://doi.org/10.1002/msc.1350
Keywords orthotic tape, osteoporosis, pain, spinal fractures
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/860005
Publisher URL https://doi.org/10.1002/msc.1350
Additional Information Additional Information : This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: [Palmer, S., Barnett, S., Cramp, M., Berry, A., Thomas, A. and Clark, E. M. (2018) Effects of postural taping on pain, function and quality of life following osteoporotic vertebral fractures – a feasibility trial. Musculoskeletal Care. ISSN 1478-2189], which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1002/msc.1350. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.

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