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Boots Tubigrip Support Bandage
Member Name: Meggysmum
Boots Tubigrip Support Bandage
Advantages: Effective and comfortable
Disadvantages: Looks a bit grotty!
A few years ago I started suffering problems with one of my knees. It is nothing major but every now and again it does get uncomfortable and feels very weak. I can go months without a problem and then suddenly the pain returns again. It is always worse if I have done a lot of walking and when I had an attempt at staring to jog it didn't take me long to realise that I would permanently be in pain if I didn't give it up. When I am at work I do have to stand up all day and if my knee is hurting this can become very uncomfortable, especially after a 10 hour shift.
I did try using the stronger supports for the knee that I saw in a Sport shop but I found them quite uncomfortable if I needed to wear them all day and so I looked for something that was lighter weight and would be comfortable enough for me to wear for long periods of the day if I needed to.
Tubigrip support bandages have been around for years and are available to buy in a variety of sizes and in two different lengths. The ones in Boots had a handy size guide on the size so I measured around my knee and opted for Size D which was suitable for a small knee or large elbow. I bought the one metre size and it cost about £3 although I have noticed that they are now £3.49 in Boots. The packaging is not very exciting; it is now simply a green cardboard box with pictures on the product on various limbs. My box is a bit older and is blue, like the Dooyoo picture, but the product itself has not changed at all.
Tubigrip states that it is a tubular elastic bandage for sprains strains and weak joints. I have decided that my knee is basically weak; I don't think there is anything major wrong it just lets me down occasionally so this sounded perfect.
Upon opening the box I was met with a rather dingy beige looking bandage. I immediately disliked the colour as it looked old and dirty. The ends were just roughly cut with bits of elastic and threads hanging out. First impressions were certainly not good!
The directions recommended cutting the Tubigrip to twice the required length and then adding on a couple of centimetres for good measure. The bandage is easy to cut with normal scissors although it is best to try to cut straight across the weave to try to keep the edge neater. The first time I did this I cut the bandage far too small. It just rolled down and off my knee within a couple of minutes of putting it on. The second time I realised that it had to reach several inches above and below my knee to provide support and also to stay in place.
Once the Tubigrip has been cut it is a simple matter to slide it on. The woven material is very stretchy so it was simple to pull it on over my knee. I then doubled the bandage over with the fold at the bottom and leaving the extra couple of centimetres as a single top layer at the top.
Having worn the sports supports before I did wonder if this was tight enough as it was extremely comfortable. I worried that it would fall down or would not do a very good job of offering support.
I was pleasantly surprised. The bandage did seem to move a little at first but then it seemed to settle into position and didn't move again. It didn't roll down at all (once I had cut the correct length) either.
I wore it first at work and I realised after a couple of hours that my knee hadn't bothered me at all and that I also hadn't been aware of wearing the Tubigrip either. This could only be a good thing and I was happy with its performance. The aching pain in my knee was totally relieved and stayed away the whole time I was wearing the support. I think the added warmth of wearing the bandage helped as well as the support level.
I have now used the Tubigrip many times. I do not have to wear it all the time but I just pop it on when I have been having a few twinges and I immediately find relief. I usually only need to wear it for a day or two and the problem then vanishes for a while. I also put the bandage on if I know I am going to do a particularly long walk, especially if it is hilly and this seems to prevent me developing any problems.
The bandage is washable. It is 83% cotton with Polyamide and Elastodiene and also contains latex. It is suggested that it should be hand washed but since I detest hand washing I tend to shove it in the washing machine but I do make sure I use a 40 wash with non-bio and no fabric softener to help protect the elastic nature. The packet also says that you can iron it with a cool iron but I have never thought it needed ironing!
I still dislike the medical creamy colour but I have learnt to live with it now. I often wear trousers so the Tubigrip can't be seen but they do look a bit grotty on bare legs or even under flesh coloured tights so I prefer to use them under opaque tights although then my knee does look exceptionally wrinkled and chunky!
Since I was able to get a couple of bandages out of the metre and have been able to wash them I have found that the one pack has lasted me ages. I will probably replace them soon but they have certainly lasted well. For minor injuries or on-going niggles like mine then I would certainly recommend the Tubigrip. It is only a lightweight support and so would not be suitable for more serious injuries or when reliable, heavy duty support is required. It doesn't feel bulky or uncomfortable when worn and has certainly worked really well for me. Doctors are able to prescribe Tubigrip on the NHS if they feel it is appropriate as well but if you pay for your prescriptions it is cheaper to buy it off the shelf.
Summary: A comfortable support bandage
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