Intersection syndrome is an overuse injury of the forearm. Taping has been described for the management of soft tissue injuries, yet there has been no report for the management of intersection syndrome using this method. The purpose of this case series was, therefore, to describe the efficacy of taping for the management of intersection syndrome.
Five patients with intersection syndrome were managed by taping, in an effort to reduce crepitus induced by thumb movements. Nonstretch sports tape was applied, with an ulnarly directed tension force across the dorsal aspect of the forearm. Taping was performed daily for 3 weeks. Follow-up took place at 1, 2, 3, and 4 weeks, and at 1 year from the initial consultation.
All patients demonstrated complete elimination of crepitus with the application of tape. Crepitus induced by wrist movements, tenderness over the dorsal forearm, and swelling were no longer present at 3-week follow-up. Disability identified by the disability/symptom subscale of the Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand questionnaire decreased at 3-week follow-up, and this reduction was maintained at 4-week and 1-year follow-ups.
Taping improved symptoms and function in this small case series. One possible explanation for this improvement may be the alteration of soft tissue alignment.
LEVEL OF EVIDENCE:
Therapy, level 4.