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Titles & IDs
Public title
The Effect of Flexible Tape in Knee Osteoarthritis
Scientific title
The Effect of Flexible Tape Versus Placebo Tape in Patients Completing a Home Exercise Program With Knee Osteoarthritis
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Health condition
Health condition(s) or problem(s) studied:
Osteoarthritis 0 0
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Study type
Description of intervention(s) / exposure
Other interventions - Flexible tape
Other interventions - Fixomull
Other interventions - Exercise

Sham Comparator: Sham tape - Fixomull tape only
Single piece of 10cm wide, 32cm long applied from inferior to tibial tuberosity, over patella and onto quadriceps muscle. Corners rounded. Tape to be applied with the knee in 90 degrees flexion.
Participants in both groups will also be prescribed an individualised home exercise program by a physiotherapist.

Experimental: Flexible tape - Flexible tape (rocktape brand) applied as follows:
First piece of tape 10 cm wide and 32cm long (length of a standard goniometer). Split down centre 18cm from 1 end. Second piece of tape 5cm wide and 14cm long.
Tape applied in 90 degrees knee flexion Applied with no tension in proximal and distal ends. 30% tension to un-split portion placed over quads. 50% tension to split portion placed either side of patella and crossing over at tibial tuberosity Additional piece of 5cm wide flexible tape applied with 80% tension over patella tendon, with no tension in 3cm from ends All tape corners rounded
Participants in both groups will also be prescribed an individualised home exercise program by a physiotherapist.

Other interventions: Flexible tape
Flexible, elasticised, adhesive athletic tape

Other interventions: Fixomull

Other interventions: Exercise
Participants in both groups will be prescribed a home exercise program to complete.

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Comparator / control treatment
Control group

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Change in pain on visual analogue scale - • Pain on a Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) over last 48hrs at rest and movement. Anchors used will be no pain and worst imaginable pain. The VAS has been found to be valid, reliable and sensitive to change in this population (Tubach et al, 2005)
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baseline, 0,3 and 6 weeks after commencement of intervention
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Chang in Knee injury and osteoarthritis outcome score (excluding sport domain) - The KOOS, a valid and reliable functional questionnaire in patients with knee conditions covering the domains of function, symptoms, quality of life and sport . Sport will not be included in analysis as this is not relevant to the study population.
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baseline, one week, three weeks and six weeks

Key inclusion criteria
- clinical diagnosis of osteoarthritis of the knee

- radiological diagnosis of osteoarthritis of the knee

- able to understand basic English

- knee outcome and injury scale available in patients's preferred language
Minimum age
40 Years
Maximum age
100 Years
Both males and females
Can healthy volunteers participate?
Key exclusion criteria
- other significant lower limb pathology

- previous total knee replacement in effected knee

- co-morbidities limiting participation in a basic home exercise program or performance
of outcome measures eg. unstable cardiac or respiratory conditions

Study design
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Allocation to intervention
Randomised controlled trial
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Blinded (masking used)
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The people receiving the treatment/s

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Not Applicable
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Recruitment status
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Recruitment in Australia
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The Alfred Hospital - Prahran
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3141 - Prahran

Funding & Sponsors
Primary sponsor type
The Alfred

Ethics approval
Ethics application status

Brief summary
People with osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee attending The Alfred hospital will be invited to
participate in a randomised controlled trial comparing two different types of knee taping.
Both groups will also be prescribed an exercise program to assist in management of their knee

Hypothesis are as follows:

1. Participants treated with flexible tape with have greater reductions in pain and
improvements on timed performance based measures when compared to those treated with a
placebo tape.

2. Participants in both groups will have clinically significant improvements in pain and
timed performance based measures compared to their baseline scores.
Trial website
Trial related presentations / publications
Tubach F, Ravaud P, Baron G, Falissard B, Logeart I, Bellamy N, Bombardier C, Felson D, Hochberg M, van der Heijde D, Dougados M. Evaluation of clinically relevant changes in patient reported outcomes in knee and hip osteoarthritis: the minimal clinically important improvement. Ann Rheum Dis. 2005 Jan;64(1):29-33. Epub 2004 Jun 18.
Bennell KL, Hinman RS. A review of the clinical evidence for exercise in osteoarthritis of the hip and knee. J Sci Med Sport. 2011 Jan;14(1):4-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jsams.2010.08.002. Epub 2010 Sep 17. Review.
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Principal investigator
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Kim L McManus, B, Physio
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The Alfred
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