Effect of weight-bearing wrist movement with carpal-stabilizing taping on pain and range of motion in subjects with dorsal wrist pain: A randomized controlled trial

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Key Points

  1. Tape can be a useful adjunct to assist the management of dorsal wrist pain with wrist extension during weight bearing activities.
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BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVE

Wrist pain is highly prevalent in people partaking in physically demanding daily activities, such as manual labourers and sportspeople (1). Dorsal wrist pain can occur commonly (1), with symptoms caused by axial compression worsening on weight-bearing extension (2). An array of invasive and non-invasive interventions can be considered to assist management, including taping. Therefore, this randomized controlled trial compared the effects of weight-bearing wrist extension with rigid tape (intervention group) versus elastic tape (control group).

Wrist pain is highly prevalent in people partaking in physically demanding daily activities, such as manual labourers and sportspeople.
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Taping can be used as a short-term adjunctive strategy to assist patients complaining of dorsal wrist pain aggravated by wrist extension during weight bearing activities.

METHODS

30 subjects (15 men and 15 women) with dorsal wrist pain participated in this study. Inclusion criteria were

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