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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 32  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 248-254

Potentiation of physiotherapy by low-level laser or kinesio taping for treatment of cervicogenic headache: a randomized controlled study

1 Otorhinolaryngology Unit, National Institute of Laser Enhanced Sciences, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt
2 Center for Physiotherapy, Helmeya Military Hospital, Cairo, Egypt
3 Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt
4 Department of Physical Therapy in Orthopedics, Faculty of Physical Therapy, 6th of October University, 6th of October City, Egypt

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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1012-5574.192549

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Background Cervicogenic headache (CGH) is a referred pain originating from the neck and perceived in the head and/or face. Its morbidity and cost of treatment hugely affect the society. Classical management is by physiotherapy (PT) and analgesics. Patients and methods A total of 45 patients with CGH were treated either by PT alone or by PT and low-level laser or by PT and kinesio taping (KT). Results Three outcome measures were obtained: the pain pressure threshold, the neck disability index, and the forward head posture improved significantly in all groups. Compared with PT alone, adding KT gave better results in all three parameters. Adding low-level laser gave better scores in both pain pressure threshold and neck disability index. Adding KT to PT gave better results in all parameters than adding low-level laser. Conclusion In the short term, KT improves the outcome of PT for CGH to a greater extent compared with the low-level laser therapy.

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