McConnell’s Patella Taping is an effective way to help reduce knee pain associated with Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS). With tight structures on the outside of the leg, the knee cap (patella) is often pulled towards the outside of the knee, which can cause pain. So the aim of this taping is to optimise the position and tracking of the knee cap.
What you’ll need
- Rigid tape
- A rolled up towel
Process (see video below)
- Ensure the knee is clean before putting on any tape
- Sit with a leg straight and place a towel underneath the knee so it is bent to roughly 30-40 degrees
- Measure a strip of fixomull from the outside of the knee to the inside and cut 3 strips
- Place the first strip over the top third of the knee
- Overlapping the first strip, place the second strip over the middle third of the knee
- Finally, place the third strip over the bottom third of the knee, overlapping the second strip. The whole knee should now be covered
- Using the rigid tape, rip off a strip slightly shorter than the fixomull
- Place the edge of the tape on the outside of the knee, inline with the top strip of fixomull, use your thumb to hold down the tape and gently push the knee cap towards the midline of the body, with your other hand pull the tape up and across, placing the tape down and over the fixomull. You should see small skin folds underneath the tape.
- Repeat with another two strips over the middle and bottom thirds of the knee cap, overlapping the previous strip each time
- Lock off the ends of the rigid tape with another strip of tape
If you react to the rigid tape, remove the tape and wash your knee. If the reaction becomes red, please see your pharmacy for a topical anti-inflammatory.