Background: Taping has been used for more than 20 years for patellofemoral pain syndrome
(PFPS) but the effectiveness is still controversial.
Purpose: This prospective study was conducted to investigate the effect and predictors of
effectiveness of taping in treating PFPS.
Study design: Prospective cohort study Methods: One hundred consecutive patients with the
diagnosis of PFPS were included in the study. Factors including sex, age, body mass index
(BMI), Q angle, lateral patella displacement (LPD), lateral patellofemoral angle (LPA) and
pre-taping pain score were measured. One well-trained therapist applied adhesive tape to each
patient by McConnell approach. Before and after taping, patients completed a visual analog
pain scale (VAS) after performing a step-down from an 8-inch platform. Paired-t test was used
for the difference of the VAS score measured before and after taping. Patients with
improvement of more than 1 point in VAS score after taping were considered responsible, and
others were non-responsible. The results were analyzed by logistic regression.