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KT Tape: General Elbow

August 22, 2019

I’m Chris Harper, and with me is Melissa, and we are demonstrating today and application
for general elbow pain. General elbow pain may be just an aching around
the elbow, and some causes may include overuse, inflammation,
or trauma. KT Tape helps treat this condition by increasing
circulation, reducing pressure over the area, and offering support and stability. For this application we are going to place
the elbow in about ninety degrees in a flexed position. For our first strip of tape, were going to
tear the strip off, and I’m going to, down by the logo end of
the tape, twist and tear the paper backing. And peeling that paper off, I’m going to apply this, being careful not
to touch the adhesive on the tape, on to the forearm. We’re going just to the outside part of the
pointy part of the elbow there. Taking that paper off we’re applying about
a fifty percent stretch, so if this is one hundred percent, we’re going
to back that off about half way. I’m just going to lay that down and make sure
that it’s sticking well. And, I’m peeling off the paper, applying no
stretch on that last bit of tape. So on either end of this piece there is no
stretch. The only stretch on this piece is in the middle. For my next strip, again, finding the logo end I’m going to twist
and tear the paper backing, leaving about a two inch anchor. This time we’re going to go just to the inside
of the elbow. We’re going to apply this anchor with no stretch,
so make sure that is stuck on there with no stretch. I’m going to apply about fifty percent stretch
once again, so go a hundred percent and just back off
half way. We’re just going to the inside of the pointy
part of the elbow, and leaving that anchor with absolutely zero
stretch. I’m just going to give that a good rub, creating some friction and some heat causing
some adhesion so that the tape sticks very well. Now bring that arm back down. Some tips before applying are to make sure
that the skin is clean, take any lotions off. Also, you may need to
remove any hair that may cause adhesion problems. Some complementary treatments for elbow pain
may include rest, ice, anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen,
and some forearm stretching and strengthening. Please seek care if you have extreme pain
or swelling, any discoloration, numbness, or tingling into the forearm or fingers. For more information please see our website


  • Reply KT Tape June 12, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    It's hard to say without seeing it. If you have severe pain, restricted range of motion, excessive swelling or bruising you should probably have it checked out. When in doubt, it's never a bad idea to have an injury looked at by a Dr.

  • Reply KT Tape August 16, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Yes. In fact for obstacle courses I'd recommend the KT Tape Pro. It will stay on for around 5 days if you apply it correctly. Putting in on the night before is a good idea as that gives the adhesive time to really bond before you start the activity.

  • Reply KT Tape August 16, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Yes. Just pat it dry, don't rub with your towel.

  • Reply Chanman April 26, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    can i use this while playing badminton? sometimes my elbow hurts after playing for a few hours.

  • Reply KT Tape April 29, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    Yes you can. Let us know how it goes!

  • Reply KT Tape May 29, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    I would recommend you visit our "ask an expert" forum on our website. One of our pros will help you find the right application.

  • Reply Sean Bak August 14, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    So this is the newest application of general elbow pain? No splitting the tape or no funky stuff? cause its much easier than ur past general elbow applications

  • Reply KT Tape August 15, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Yep. This is the newest version. We think it's easier too!

  • Reply nbirkner October 6, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    I tried a few different ways of taping my elbow – and found this way to be the best – I can actually continue on doing my house work with no pain! Thank you so much!!!!!!!!! it is hard to do on myself but it works!

  • Reply KT Tape October 7, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Thanks for the comment!

  • Reply Julia Lerner December 15, 2013 at 3:11 am

    Thank you for sharing this. I have both lateral and medial epicondylitis, and I get pain into my wrist (lateral), tricep, and shoulder. How would you advise taping my elbow?

  • Reply J Nandra March 9, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    Do you have any videos for cubital tunnel syndrome? I have seen a picture on your Facebook page but a video would help greatly. The application method is different to that found on Facebook.

  • Reply Jen Choun September 10, 2014 at 4:07 am

    how would you do this byyourself or would you need someone to help you with this?

  • Reply Cheyenne Garcia September 29, 2014 at 3:19 am

    I play volleyball and I fell on my elbow and there's a bruise on the inside of my left elbow would this tape be good for it I've also had small bumps inside my forearms when I messaged down towards my fingers like my trainer told me would the tape be good for that also?

  • Reply kayla catharine October 21, 2014 at 2:06 am

    Cool beans

  • Reply Hannah Noble February 16, 2015 at 2:38 am

    Would the kt tape be good for a ligament tear?

  • Reply espo81287 April 30, 2015 at 4:21 am

    Do you have a video to show people how to make the adhesive on the KT tape actually good? If you plan on putting this stuff on a part of your body that bends. Like the elbow. Make sure you carry scotch tape with you

  • Reply chris smith June 24, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    Now how would I tape an arm for tennis AND golfers elbow?

  • Reply Joy L November 25, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    Does this help for sprained elbows?

  • Reply Diego orozco March 3, 2016 at 3:37 am

    Do they need to be different colors??

  • Reply Chillz TV July 21, 2016 at 4:17 am

    I need help. I just broke my elbow and took off my cast and the doctors said I chipped my bone, will this help? I'm only 10 so I don't know much about it.

  • Reply Mimoza Haziri July 31, 2016 at 6:39 am

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    I like cake

  • Reply Court April 23, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    does this work for softball elbow

  • Reply Cristian Tomaquin July 24, 2017 at 10:19 am

    My dad was playing basketball and when he tried to dive in for the ball , someone ran into his elbow and I guess he sprained it or Idk or popped it. Now his okay , his juss feeling pain on his elbow.. how should I tape that ??

  • Reply Jayron Jegay August 24, 2017 at 2:16 am

    Would this work for baseball, I play outfield and my elbow starts hurting sometimes

  • Reply Maritza Montanez August 26, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    do you need different colors, or can you still do this with just black kt tape?? please reply fast i gave practice for volleyball in 2 days !

  • Reply brazalas April 10, 2018 at 3:41 pm

    I just love how well Chris Harper explains application.

  • Reply Rease Fujita April 19, 2018 at 4:04 am

    I got an elbow sprain after a teammate stepped on my elbow during practice. Would this be the support to help that?

  • Reply Ann Harden June 5, 2018 at 2:52 am

    Could y’all do a series for MDI (multi directional instability). I have it in all of my joints and as i’m very active it gets hard to deal with sometimes. Usually i combine different techniques and personalize it for myself but some places i can’t figure out, including my elbows especially. Thanks

  • Reply gravTrox June 20, 2018 at 4:55 pm

    KT tape, theres much info re golfers, tennis, armbar, gen elbow, how would one tape for anterior elbow, brachioradialis/brachialis strains

  • Reply Muhammad Shakeel Inayat September 22, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    Do we have to shave off hair from the arm and elbow also before applying the tape?

  • Reply Anthony Basol October 12, 2018 at 2:15 am

    Does this work for basketball if my elbow hurts

  • Reply Jayden Norms January 21, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    Pinched nerve?

  • Reply Betsy Garcia March 7, 2019 at 4:36 pm

    Does this help if I hurt my elbow in football? (I’m a thrower in track and I need my elbow. It probably wasn’t such a good idea to do track and football at the same time :/ )

  • Reply Christian Rosa March 18, 2019 at 12:05 pm

    Mr 50% stretch lol

  • Reply pauline wiebe March 29, 2019 at 3:22 am

    Does this work for hyperextended elbows for gymnasts

  • Reply justin searle May 14, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    Where to buy this tape in Australia

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