Monday, October 16, 2017

PT Techniques: Patella Taping

The following patella taping technique is designed to support the patella, correct abnormal patella alignment (lateral tracking) and reduce stress on the knee during activity.  It can be used for both the treatment and prevention of knee injuries particularly runners knee, patella instability and dislocation (stronger pull of tape more medially for alignment, lateral tape is for stability aka low stretch).

Benefits:
  • Decrease pain during sport or activity
  • Aid healing of certain knee injuries
  • correct patella alignment
  • Allow an earlier return to sport or activity following injury
  • Reduce the likelihood of injury aggravation
  • Prevent knee injuries during high risk sports
  • Improve activation of the inner quad muscles

Indications for Patella Taping:
  • With certain knee injuries such as runners knee and where abnormal patella tracking is contributing to the injury.
  • To prevent injury or injury aggravation
  • As always consult a medical professional before use.
When to avoid Patella Taping:
  • Allergic reaction to tape
  • Certain injuries such as fractures
  • Increase in symptoms (pain, aches, itchiness, numbness, swelling etc)
  • Circulatory or sensory problems

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