The Effect of Kinesio Taping on the Reduction of Pain in Patients with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Meta-Analysis


  • Cahyo Setiawan Masters Program in Public Health, Universitas Sebelas Maret, Surakarta
  • Didik Gunawan Tamtomo Masters Program in Public Health, Universitas Sebelas Maret, Surakarta
  • Hanung Prasetya Study Program of Acupuncture, Health Polytechnics Ministry of Health Surakarta


Background: Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is the most common occurrence of nerve com­pression. Some cases of CTS have chronic sym­p­toms. The most common complaint is "Noc­turnal Acroparesthesia", which is tingling pain at night. Physiotherapy interventions can be do­ne to relieve complaints of CTS one of which is the use of Kinesio Taping. This study aimed to analyze the effect of Kinesio taping on the re­d­uction of pain in patients with carpal tunnel syn­drome from some previous studies.

Subjects and Method: This was a systematic and meta-analysis study. The study used the PICO model as follows Population=Patients with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Intervention= Gi­­ven Kinesio Taping, Comparison= Not Given Kinesio Taping, and Outcome=Reductionof Pa­in. The articles used in this study were obtained from several databases including PubMed, Sci­enceDirect, and Google Scholar. The articles we­re collected in a month. The keywords for sear­ching the articles were as follows: "kinesio taping" OR "kinesio tape" OR "pain" OR "carpal tunnel syndrome" AND "Randomized Control­led Trial". The articles included in this study we­re full-text articles with a randomized con­trol­led trial study design. The articles were collected using PRISMA flow diagrams and ana­lyzed using the Review Manager 5.3 ap­p­l­i­cation.

Results: The total of seven articles reviewed in this meta-analysis study was from Turkey, Po­land, the Republic of Korea, Egypt, and the USA. The studies showed that giving KT could reduce pain in CTS and it was statistically very significant (Standardized Mean Difference= -1.21; 95% CI= -2.14 to -0.28; p<0.01).

Conclusion: Kinesio Taping can reduce pain in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Keywords: kinesio taping, reduction of pain, carpal tunnel syndrome.

Correspondence: Cahyo Setiawan, Masters Program In Public Health, Sebelas Maret University, Jl. Ir. Sutami 36A, Surakarta 57126, Central Java, Indonesia. Email: Pho­ne: 089693257305.

Indonesian Journal of Medicine (2021), 06(01): 104-111



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