Kinesiology Tape for Golfer's Elbow

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Golfer's Elbow Kinesiology Taping

Pic of kinesiology tape for golfer's elbow.
Kinesiology tape for medial epicondylitis. Brett Sears, PT, 2015

If you have medial epicondylitis, or golfer's elbow, you may benefit from physical therapy to help you eliminate your pain and get back to your normal activities.  Your PT may prescribe various exercises for your golfer's elbow, and he or she may use different treatments and modalities to help treat your condition.

Kinesiology tape for your golfer's elbow may be one option that your physical therapist uses to treat your condition.  Kinesiology taping is a treatment that can be used to decrease your pain, inhibit muscle spasm, or facilitate the correct muscle contraction of your elbow and wrist muscles.

If your PT recommends using kinesiology tape for your golfer's elbow, you should learn how to cut the proper tape strips.  You should also review the contraindications to kinesiology taping.

This step-by-step guide will teach you how to properly apply kinesiology tape for golfer's elbow.  It can be used as a treatment prior to performing your golfer's elbow exercise program, or you may apply it before you engage in athletic activities, such as golf, to improve your pain-free sports performance.

Before doing any treatment for your golfer's elbow, you should check in with your doctor or physical therapist to ensure that it is the correct treatment for your condition.

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Cut a Y Strip for Your Elbow

The Y strip of kinesiology tape
The Y strip of kinesiology tape. Brett Sears, PT, 2015

To start your golfer's elbow kinesiology tape, first cut a "Y" strip about 5 to 6 inches long.  Round the edges with your scissors, and cut a 2 to 3 inch line in the middle of the strip to form the arms of the "Y."

Once your "Y" strip is cut, tear the paper backing on the wide end of the tape and at the base of each arm of the "Y."  Leave the paper backing on - you'll remove it in later steps.

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Apply the End to Your Upper Elbow

Photo of kinesiotape for elbow medial epicondylitis.
Apply the big end of the Y strip to your elbow. Brett Sears, PT 2015

Start the application of the kinesiology tape for golfer's elbow by removing the paper backing on the end of the tape opposite that "Y" arms.  Apply the tape to your inner arm, just above your elbow and the lateral epicondyle (the small bony bump on the inside aspect of your elbow).  Rub the tape gently to ensure that it adheres properly. 

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Apply the Tape Across your Elbow

Photo of kinesiology tape for golfer's elbow.
Stretch the kinesiology tape over your inner elbow. Brett Sears, PT, 2015

Once the end of your kinesiology tape is affixed to your medial epicondyle of your elbow, apply 25-50% stretch to the tape while removing the paper backing.  Leave the paper backing on the "Y" arms.  Stretch the tape over your elbow and press on it to adhere it to your elbow.  Be sure that there are no wrinkles in the tape.

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Affix the Y Strips to Your Forearm

Pic of kinesiology tape for golfer's elbow.
Kinesiology tape for medial epicondylitis. Brett Sears, PT, 2015

Once your kinesiology tape is stretched across your elbow, remove the paper backing on one of the arms of the "Y."  Stretch the tape over your forearm, and then press it and rub it to affix the tape to your forearm.

Remove the paper backing off of the remaining arm of the "Y," and then stretch it 25-50% and adhere it to your forearm.  Rub it gently to ensure that it adheres properly, and be sure there are no wrinkles in the tape.

Once the tape is applied to your elbow, you are ready to go.  You can keep the tape on for 2-5 days, and it can get wet.  Watch your skin around the tape for signs of irritation, and remove the kinesiology tape if you see any redness of your skin.

Remember that studies for the use of kinesiology tape show varied results - the tape is not a cure-all for golfer's elbow, and you should engage in an active rehab program to help your condition.

If you are dealing with the pain and limited function related to golfer's elbow, you may benefit from using kinesiology tape to help improve muscular support and muscle facilitation to your elbow.  This may help you quickly return to your previous level of pain-free function.

Source: Sources: Blubaugh, M. "Kinesiology taping, manual therapy, and neuromuscular re-activation." Seminar, May, 2014. Albany, NY

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