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Premiership Football Physiotherapist Neal Reynolds demonstrates a simple patella taping technique which is often used in the treatment of Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome and Chondromalacia patella.
We recommend seeking professional advice before attempting any self treatment. For this taping to be affective it is important to understand how the patella needs to be adjusted. It can be tilted, rotated and glided sideways and sometimes trail and error is necessary.
If the athlete has pain on normal daily activities then taping should be applied all day and gradually reduced as the knee improves. If there is pain only on specific activities then only tape for those activities or rehabilitation exercises.
The therapist or athletic trainer will find the sore spot under the knee cap where it rubs on the tibia bone. The aim is then to tape or pull the patella away from this sore spot but gliding it sideways, tilting or rotating the patella with the tape. Always assess the effectiveness of taping by performing a painful activity such as a squat before applying the tape, then repeat the activity after the tape is applied. If the taping has been effective then the activity should be virtually pain free.