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Volume 168 - Anno 2017 - Numero 6

Neuromuscular taping enhances hand function in patients with systemic sclerosis: a pilot study


doi: 10.7417/T.2017.2036

di S. Parisi, C. Celletti, M. Scarati, M. Priora, A. Laganą, C. L. Peroni, F. Camerota, G. La Torre, D. Blow, E. Fusaro

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Hand functioning is often impaired in patients with Systemic sclerosis. Neuromuscular Taping is a novel application of tape able to improve functioning. The aim of this study was to evaluate the possible role of this application in the hand functionality of patients with Systemic sclerosis. Women with a diagnosis of SSc has been recruited and evaluated using different scales before and immediately after NMT application and after one, three and six months. Fifty-three women has been evaluated and Cochin Hand Functional Disability scale, Hand Mobility in Sclerodermia, Modified Rodnan Skin Score and Dreiser Algo - Functional Index scores showed statistical significant differences during all the period; moreover a reduction of pain and Raynaud Phenomenon’s and an improvement of finger flexion has been observed. Application of NMT in patients with Systemic sclerosis have showed beneficial effect and future studies are needed to confirm these results

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