Taping for Patellofemoral pain
For patellofemoral pain, it's a sort of pain around the kneecap often it's caused by the kneecap not tracking in the right way up the leg the patella's attached to the quadriceps tendon. And when the quadricep contracts it often pulls too far outwards and doesn't, the muscle on the inside is often the one that hasn't got the right amount of tone or strength to it and what we're looking for is the direction and what we're trying to do is help that. Often what happens is the muscle on the outside is very dominant and the muscle on the inside is the one that's not working properly so what we try to do we tape effectively to try and uh... Encourage the tracking of the patella in the right in the right direction so if we're looking here, say for example we think the knee's tracking too far out about, what we're going to do is put some tape onto the the patella, so we encourage it to come this way so that when you contract it it comes up more along the inside the medial part of the thigh.
So, what we're going to use. We're going to use some hyper fix which is some tape which is just laid on to skin it gives it some thing for the tape to grip to, so that's what we're tending to use. This is just laid onto the front of the knee like so, and we get another strip. And lay it onto the knee, that's just for the tape to grip to. As i said before we could, there's lots of different ways that the knee cap could be moving it could be tilted that white so therefore you want to put tape at the bottom to pull it down, it could be tilted that way so you want to put tape at the top to pull it that way, it could be tilted that way so therefore you want to put tape on this side of the kneecap; it could be tilted this way down here so you want to put tape on that side of the knee cap so every, the pain, you, ywhat you've got to do is look at the kneecap itself and decide which way you want to tape it. I'm going to show you where we going to bring the kneecap over this way.
So over the top of that hyper fix underneath I'm going to use some strips of tape. I'm going to measure them, okay ? And then I'm going to place them on the lateral border of the knee cap, again, nice and relaxed. And I'm just going to pull a little bit over here towards the inside. Going to get another strip and again, I'm going to look at the lateral, the outside board of the kneecap, I'm going to push it with my finger across to this side, you can see you're doing it right because you've got a crease, a skin crease on the inside. Now when they contract it, what happens is they feel a pull with the tape and it encourages them to try and get the kneecap to track in the right way. As I said you could do this on all different directions depending on on the way that the patella sits in front of the knee.
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