MCL Sprain taping is a knee strapping technique which provides a high level of support and protection following a medial knee ligament sprain. Our step by step guide explains how to tape your knee for maximum protection to the inside.
This taping technique demonstated below is often used as part of a full MCL sprain rehabilitation program. We always recommend seeking professional advice.
How to tape for medial knee ligament sprains
Here we demonstrate a general knee joint taping which is suitable for all knee ligament injuries. However, it should be adapted by applying additional support strips on the sides to protect the medial ligament.
Aim of MCL taping
- The aim of taping is to protect your medial ligament on the inside of your knee.
- The priority with a Medial knee ligament sprain is to prevent sideways movement.
When should I use tape?
- MCL taping can be done in the early stages as well as later on when returning to full training.
- A good taping technique can provide excellent support and often more support than some of the cheaper hinged knee braces.
- However, the effectiveness of tape will reduce over time as the tape stretches slightly.
- It will need to be re-applied regularly to maintain good support for the joint, particularly during competitive sport.
MCL support taping
- For Medial knee ligament injury taping you should add additional support strips at the sides of the knee to prevent lateral (sideways) movement of your knee joint.
- All taping techniques follow the same basic principles.
Step 1 – anchors
- Place anchor strips around the lower leg and knee.
- Use elastic tape for anchors so it allows room to stretch as your muscles expand when exercises.
Step 2 – Support strips
- Apply support strips between the anchor strips.
- For MCL sprains make sure you add additional support strips to both sides of your knee to prevent hyperextension.
Step 4 – Finishing strips
- Apply finishing strips in the same way you did the anchor strips.
- These hold the support strips firmly in place.
We recommend the following products to help treat knee ligament injuries
Cold compresion wrap
A cold therapy and compression wrap is essential first aid. It reduces pain and swelling and can also be used to apply heat later in the rehabilitation program.
Resistance bands are important for most sports rehabilitation and enable you to exercise any muscle from the comfort of your own home.
A foam roller is an excellent piece of kit which can be used in place of massage to treat calf injuries. They are also excellent when use regularly as part of your warm up to help prevent future injury and improve performance.
Hinged knee brace
A hinged knee brace protects the joint and helps reduce any swelling. It has solid metal supports down the sides to prevent sideways movement of the joint. Grade 2 or 3 injuries may require a limited motion hinged knee brace.