Bandaged knee…Is it right for you?

Bandaged kneeIf you go to any race or event there are two common things that you may notice, the unforgettable odour of deep heat, a wide array of bandaged limbs and now brightly coloured tape in some weird and wonderful patterns all over runners' legs.

If like our friend in the picture above you will be wearing an elasticated tubi grip bandage on your knee, it is important that you know if it is right for you.

In this article I will explain a bit about tubi grips and in another article to follow I will talk about something  I like to use in clinic, this relatively new, stretchy and sometimes brightly coloured tape – kinesio tape.

Tubi Grip Bandages  

Tubular elasticated bandages or what are more commonly referred to as tubi grips are very simple and easy to use stretchy bandage that come in a variety if sizes and can be cut to different lengths. The aim of these bandages is simple, reduce swelling and provide support.  

That said this support will often only be very mild but can be improved by having the appropriate size for you and even doubling over to give extra compression and support, it is key to have the sizing right. Too loose and it will not be effective at reducing swelling or being  supportive, but if it is too tight, this can be uncomfortable and even reduce circulation. A tubi grip bandage should feel snug but not be restricting.  

Tubi grips can provide some support for sprains, strains and weak joints. They can also help to keep dressings secure in position.

What do elasticated tubular bandages do?  

Reduce swelling  

With any acute injury you often find there is some swelling.  A little can be tolerable but excessive swelling can cause loss of joint function, increased pain and restriction of blood flow.  

A very effective way to maintain compression is to apply a compression bandage, such as a tubi grip due to its elasticated nature; circulation will not be limited providing it is not too tight.  

Tubi grips can also be used as the compression part of P.R.I.C.E  - Don’t forget applying ice to an injury can also help reduce swelling. Apply an ice pack / cold compress, in a tea towel of similar to protect the skin for no more than 10-15 minutes every two hours or when the skin warms up again, which ever comes first.  

Provide support  

Tubi grips can also help support weak and painful joints, for example the knee. In these instances it is most useful in the first few days of injury. It is important to wean off the support of a tubi grip compression bandage as soon as possible, usually within one week. There is a potential risk of muscles becoming weaker due to not being used. It is ok to wear for longer if you are trying to decrease swelling as opposed to support.

Effective use  

Tubi grip bandages should always run from just above and below the joint, e.g. if treating the knee it should run from the top of the thigh to just above the ankle. For focussed support on the knee you can double it over by folding a longer piece back on itself as opposed to using two single pieces.  

You can wear it through the day, and it should be removed when carrying out any prescribed exercises from your osteo/physio so that the muscles strengthen.  

Unless instructed other wise by a medical professional, avoid wearing a tubi grip at night sometimes it can exert too much pressure and limit circulation.  

Remember as with any injury, if in doubt get checked out, by seeking the advice of a health professional or your sports osteo/physio.  

If you would like to discuss your injury with a sports osteopath or sports massage therapist at Chart Clinic, please feel free to contact us here

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