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Do you prefer the taping over the strapping for subluxed shoulders?

Rebecca Martin, OTR/L, OTD, CPAM, CKTP

February 1, 2016

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Do you prefer the taping over the strapping for subluxed shoulders?

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I like tape better than any sling or strap or shoulder contraption. First of all, my patient goes home with it and they do not have to worry about taking it on or off or any maintenance. They could take the tape off, but for some reason, patients are much less inclined to do so. Kinesiotape or leukotape will last you about three days. I just let patients wear it until they come back to see me or I tell them to take it off the morning they are coming to see me again. It just seems to do a much better job. The only thing is if the arm is really heavy, the kinesiotape may not be enough.


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Rebecca Martin, OTR/L, OTD, CPAM, CKTP

Rebecca Martin, OTR/L, OTD, is the manager of Clinical Education and Training with the International Center for Spinal Cord Injury at Kennedy Krieger Institute, where she has been since 2005. Rebecca received a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from Boston University in 2001 and her Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree from Rocky Mountain University in 2009. She is certified in physical agent modalities and Kinesiotaping. Her experience spans inpatient and outpatient therapy for both children and adults with a variety of neurological diagnoses. Prior to joining the center, Rebecca worked in pediatric neurorehabilitation with the May Institute in Boston, MA. Her research interests are in the restoration of UE function with FES. She has presented her research in ABRT and training materials nationally and internationally.


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