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The knee is made up of joints that combine your upper leg (the femur) with the lower leg bones (tibia and fibula). The kneecap (patella) facilitates knee extension and tracks along the upper surface of this joint. The knee has two major ligaments – one on the outside of the knee and one on the inside. There are also three tendons in the inner part of the knee that help hold the knee in place. Crucial cartilage, nerves, and vascular structures also exist in the knee.
There are many ways that the knee may become instable. If any tendons or ligaments are damaged, stretched, or inflamed, stability issues will arise. Overuse resulting in pain, trauma and injury, and degenerative conditions such as arthritis are common causes of stability problems.
Treatment options include rest and ice as well as physical therapy or surgery in the case of tears or breaks. Bracing provides a temporary option to immobilize a serious injury, but in most cases is less than ideal when freedom of movement is needed to facilitate healing.
This application should be used when pain or weakness of the knee become severe enough that activity is limited and the movement of the body is being changed to deal with pain. Injury, post-injury recovery, wincing pain, and poor physiology are all reason to use the full support application. For slight pain or weakness, or simply to add some confidence to your stride, use the light knee support application. The many applications of KT Tape for knee instability issues allow for support of the weakened anatomy, as well as provide positive signaling to the area for blood flow and lymphatic draining. The properties of the tape allow for this support to be provided while retaining range of motion. This allows for proper and promoted healing. As with most applications, the pain relief is very important as to not cause further injuries while compensating for existing pain.