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Tape helps patients recover from injuries

August 27, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
There's a new type of tape in town. Volleyball player Kerri Walsh sported it at the Olympics. In his new book, champion cyclist Lance Armstrong swears by it.Kinesio tape isn't just for professional athletes.

For 22-year-old Carlos Villamizar, working out at the gym isn't a chore. It's a passion. But last year, lifting weights became nearly impossible.

"I felt like someone had stabbed me in the back with a knife," he said.

A pinched nerve caused the muscles in his upper back to weaken. Carlos was told surgery wasn't an option, and it would take two years to heal.

"Two years was not acceptable in my standards," he said.

Instead of waiting, he turned to physical therapy and Kinesio.

Kinesio tape is stretched and placed on the skin over injures muscles and joints.

The tape improves circulation and helps remove painful fluid buildup.

Nothing is a cure-all, but physical therapist Trent Nessler agrees Kinesio tape can have an impact when combined with other therapies.

"It's another great tool that we can use as a part of a well-comprehensive program," Nessler said.

Carlos has been using the tape for three months, and today, he's back lifting weights.

A roll costs about $15 and is applied by a specially-taped physical therapist.

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