Patella Technique (knee)

Strapping for the knee can be very effective in holding the kneecap (patella) in better alignment - as seen below...

  

♦ A simple yet effective technique for strapping the knee is described below...

1/ Cut a length of wide tape (about 40 - 50mm in width) such as Leukoplast Sport tape that is slightly longer than the circumference of the knee.

 

 

 

2/ Holding this lengthwise, split the tape down the middle from both ends until you have approximately 5cm uncut within the middle portion of the tape... this will form an 'X' type shape - see fig. 1...

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

3/ Next turn the tape over and with the adhesive side upwards fold the 5cm section in towards each other to form a narrow strong band. Ensure that you do not fold the four narrow strips over each other and it is best to lie the tape down to do this - see fig. 2... 

 

 

 

 

 • Apply To The Knee:

 

 

4/ Once this is done, take the tape and place the narrow band directly over the Patella Tendon - just directly below the Patella (kneecap). Ensure that the placement is directly below the bottom of the Patella and top of the lower leg (Tibial Tubercle) - see fig. 3...

 

 

 

 

 

5/ Loosely place the top half strips at the sides of the leg above the Patella (to get them out the way) - see fig. 3 and 4...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6/ Now take the bottom two half strips and firmly pull out and away from the centre piece to place them around the knee crossing each other behind the knee but below the Popliteal Fossa (this is the area directly behind the knee) - see fig. 5...

 

 

 

 

7/ Next take the two top half strips (as seen in fig. 4) & again firmly pull these upwards & around behind the knee, just superior (above) to the Popliteal Fossa - see fig. 5...

 

 

 

 

 

 

8/ The narrow folded band at the centre of the tape should now be pressing the Patella tendon against the Tibia under the Patella (knee cap) - see fig. 6...

 

 

 

 

9/ The finished result should look like fig. 6 (front aspect) and 7 (rear aspect). If need be, you can place a smaller strip of tape over each of the cross over sections behind the knee so as to anchor in place - see fig. 7...

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another effective strapping technique is shown in the following video... this technique is particularly useful for Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome...