- Meniscus injury;
- Injuries of medial and lateral collateral ligament;
- Rectus femoris injury.
What is the Knee Symptoms?
- Pain and weakness;
- Cannot bear weight;
- Feeling of friction within the knee;
- Difficulty walking up and down stairs;
- Difficulty squatting, function limited;
- Pain when rotating the knee to the inner or outer side;
- Swelling and pain in the local part, and flexion and extension of the knee-joint are limited.
How to taping the kintape on the Knee?
Posture: Sitting posture of patient during application is with the knee bent at a right angle between thigh and shank
For the claw kintapes: the starting points are the middle connecting line between the left and right popliteal space of the knee and the peak of the knee respectively. Apply these kintapes on the middle of this connecting line. The elastic direction of the kintape should be the same as the direction of this connecting line. The starting point of the kintape should be applied in a related state and cannot be stretched. The upper two branches of each claw are arched to wrap above the peak of the knee, while the lower two branches of each claw are arched to wrap below the peak of the knee, which forms a rhombic cross on the knee.
Note: a. When applying the branches of the claw kintapes, do not pull the fabrics, only pull the paper to avoid skin damage and itching.
b. The length of the branch of the claw kintape may sometimes exceed the range of the knee, extending to the side edge of the leg (outside of range of the knee’s peak). If this happens, the extra length must be cut to prevent leg acidity.
Technique: Form blood circulation on the peak of the knee and lead to the popliteal space lymph gland.
For the long-Y type: the connection point of this kintape (like the I type) shall be little longer. Tear off the backing paper about 5 cm from the head of the kintape, then tear off the paper on the connection point and branch point and apply the aforesaid head of the kintape about 5 cm from the face of the thigh (rectus femoris) in a relaxed state; do not stretch here (to prevent skin damage). Then stretch the kintape slowly to the peak of the knee while applying it. Stop stretching the kintape and apply in a relaxed state from the peak of the knee till it reaches the end of the rectus femoris (do not exceed the rectus femoris). Pull the two branches of the Y type kintape respectively. On the slant side of the face of the knee (like the Fig. above), the stretched degree shall not exceed 120% (to prevent acidity and swelling in the face of the thigh). The meeting part between it and the aforesaid claw kintape over the side shall be in a relaxed state. Then, gently pull the two branches to bend them to the kneecap. The two branches will meet each other in the middle of the face of the kneecap (not downward or upward).
Technique: Rectus femoris segment (the face of the thigh) is to intensify the rectus femoris and accelerate the blood backflow, increasing oxygen content of blood, to effectively increase leg lift strength. The 120% stretch turning to the side is to avoid cutting off the quadriceps and causing insufficient blood supply. The meeting part between it and the aforesaid claw kintape in a relaxed state is to ensure that the flow guidance channel of the claw kintape is not cut off, and to avoid the kintape turning up when the patient is standing up. Gently stretch the kintape when turning to the kneecap to support the kneecap and to avoid the invasion of cold air to protect the kneecap.
For the long-I type: tear off the paper from the middle of the kintape. Apply the middle on the kneecap and use the hands to press it tight to the knee. Then, without moving, apply a length of kintape about one fingerbreadth wide with the stretch rate of 140%. Next. apply the kintape firmly, in a fully relaxed state, passing the sides of the knee (where the other kintapes meet). Once the kintape exceeds the meeting part, stretch the kintape nearly 160% to the root of the thigh and apply it on collateral ligaments. Apply the end of the kintape about 5 cm from the side of the thigh in a fully relaxed state and use the same method on the left and right halves of the I-type kintape.
Technique: Keep the kneecap in fully relaxed state. Each one fingerbreadth wide section bearing the force of both sides to lift the kneecap and accelerate blood circulation. The relaxed application where the other kintapes meet is to preserve the circulation channels established by the aforesaid two kintapes. Stretching over the channel and applying upward are to intensify internal and external collateral ligaments respectively, to increase the shuffling capacity of the patient. The integration of these kintapes is to lift the knee and effectively increase the force of the knee.
What is the may reaction after applying?
a. Weakness of legs gets immediate relief, and the ease of walking up and down stairs and the force of the legs increases.
b. For patients with severe cold air, there may be bubble exudations on the skin and itchiness. They will disappear by adjusting the stretch degree and applying many times.
c. For some patients, there may be heating of the knee.
d. Four hours after applying the kintape, some patients may feel cool knees, like the feeling of a spring breeze blowing, and some patients may feel wet knees when they are in fact dry.
e. Aforesaid symptoms can have obvious relief with continuous use.