Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS)
The following application is for a patient who presents with pain just below the knee. This type of pain is typically felt when performing any sort of ascending actions such as walking up a flight of stair or jumping. Another common name for PFPS is “Jumper’s Knee”. The particular application demonstrated is for a mild case. As such, I am only using 25% stretch on the I-strip that runs perpendicular to the infra-patella tendon. In more severe cases, you can increase the degree of stretch to as much as 100%. As with any kinesiology taping application, it is always best to err on the side of less, rather than more.
Once the appropriate amount of stretch is determined, this is very simple application to teach to your patients. The benefits of the XactStretch indicators on the TheraBand Kinesiology Tape allow you to have confidence that they will apply the correct amount of stretch every time.