BMJ Case Reports 2016; doi:10.1136/bcr-2016-216439

Kinesiology taping as an adjunct for pain management in cancer?

  1. Mark I Johnson1,2
  1. 1Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Leeds Beckett University, City Campus, Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK
  2. 2Leeds Pallium Research Group, Leeds, UK
  3. 3Physiotherapy at Castle Clinic and Nidderdale Medical Practice, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, UK
  1. Correspondence to Gourav Banerjee, g.banerjee{at}
  • Accepted 23 June 2016
  • Published 14 July 2016


We present the case of a 46-year-old woman who developed severe pain described as ‘tearing’ and ‘searing’ in the left side of the mid-trapezius region near the thoracic 8 vertebra (T8). The patient had undergone surgery for T8 fracture which had resulted from metastasis (secondary breast cancer). A community nurse referred the patient for physiotherapy assessment and treatment for her musculoskeletal pain and related symptoms that had affected her mobility and functional activities. The patient was treated with soft tissue therapy with the addition of kinesiology taping on follow-up visits. Kinesiology tape was applied over her left side trapezius region and left shoulder. The patient reported significant reductions in pain severity and felt greater control and stability over her left shoulder region, which resulted in better function and overall quality of life measures. She did not report any adverse effects.

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