Knee pain can stem from a number of sources like injury, incorrect movement or overuse. With many sources of pain come many modalities to relieve it, and clinicians have recently been quick to choose kinesiology tape to manage musculoskeletal pain. And rightfully so! Several studies have confirmed the effectiveness of kinesiology tape in reducing knee pain. Kinesiology tape provides a quick and easy method for clinicians, patients and parents to reduce knee pain. In this episode of Dr. Phil Page’s Kinesiology Taping 101 Series you’ll learn a two-piece kinesiology taping technique to try out in your clinic today!

Kinesiology taping technique for anterior knee pain

To tape to help alleviate knee pain, follow these steps:

  • To begin, cut one long Y-strip and one small Y-strip.
  • Place the patient in a seated position with the knee flexed.
  • Apply the anchor of the long Y-strip in the middle of the thigh. Remove the backing to the end of the tails, and apply the tails around either side of the patella with 25-50% tension.
  • Apply the anchor of the small Y-strip on the lateral side of the patella. Remove the backing to the end of the tails, and apply the tails above and below the patella with 50% tension. Apply the anchors of the tail ends with no tension on the medial side of the patella.
  • Rub the kinesiology tape down onto the skin to ensure optimum adhesion.

Watch Dr. Phil Page demonstrate this kinesiology taping technique!

The Performance Health Academy maintains the most comprehensive database of kinesiology tape research and techniques. The Academy database allows you to find and print evidence-based Kinesiology Taping Techniques for free!

In our #TapeTuesday series, we will be sharing methods for different types of tape application, as well as the accompanying research to support it. We’ll talk about therapeutic and preventive taping, such as TheraBand Kinesiology Tape and Cramer Athletic Tape to name a few. Click here to see our other posts in the #TapeTuesday series!

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