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Skin irritation incidence following kinesiology tape use in patients with neurological disorders: multicenter observation

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Częstość występowania podrażnienia skóry po użyciu plastrów do kinesiotapingu u pacjentów z zaburzeniami neurologicznymi: obserwacja wieloośrodkowa
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INTRODUCTION: Kinesiology taping can be used as an independent or supportive method in rehabilitation. It can be utilized for many injuries, disorders and diseases. The aim of this observational study was to record the incidence of contact allergies or other adverse skin changes amongst patients with neurological disorders treated with kinesiology tape. MATERIAL AND METHODS: One hundred and sixty patients from four countries (Poland, Spain, England, Holland) both females and males, treated with kinesiology tape were included. The second author (Poland) looked for skin reactions during each new application. In the other three countries (Spain, England, Holland) therapists initiated tape application and parents or caregiver’s reported to the first author by means of an online questionnaire. RESULTS: The incidence of skin reaction was 9.38%. CONCLUSIONS: Despite the fact that kinesiology taping is regarded as an effective, safe and patient-friendly treatment, there is still need for careful application. This is especially the case in neurological patients with possible sensory deficits and/or patients in a (sub)conscious state. Increased awareness of possible allergic (contact dermatitis) re-actions should increase the safety of this method.
WSTĘP: Kinesiotaping może być wykorzystywany jako samodzielna lub uzupełniająca metoda rehabilitacyjna. Jest przydatny w wielu urazach, zaburzeniach i schorzeniach. Celem badania jest zarejestrowanie częstości występowania alergii kontaktowych lub innych niekorzystnych zmian skórnych w grupie pacjentów z deficytem neurologicznym poddawanych terapii tą metodą. MATERIAŁ I METODY: Do badania włączono 160 pacjentów z czterech krajów (Polska, Hiszpania, Wielka Brytania i Holandia), kobiet i mężczyzn, poddanych terapii z wykorzystaniem kinesiotapingu. Drugi autor (Polska) samodzielnie badał reakcje skórne podczas każdej nowej aplikacji, natomiast w pozostałych trzech krajach (Hiszpania, Wielka Brytania, Holandia) terapeuci zaczynali oklejanie, a rodzice/opiekunowie relacjonowali pierwszemu autorowi jego efekty za pomocą kwestionariusza internetowego. WYNIKI: Częstość występowania reakcji skórnych wyniosła 9,38%. WNIOSKI: Pomimo faktu, że wykorzystanie plastrów do kinesiotapingu jest uważane za efektywną, bezpieczną i przyjazną dla pacjenta formę terapii, ciągle istnieje potrzeba uważnej aplikacji plastra. Nabiera to szczególnego znaczenia u pacjentów neurologicznych, z możliwymi deficytami czucia, i/lub pacjentów z zaburzeniami przytomności. Zwiększona świadomość dotycząca możliwości wystąpienia reakcji alergicznych (alergii kontaktowej) powinna podwyższyć bezpieczeństwo omawianej metody.

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