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A permanent feature of my first aid cabinet
Boots Tubigrip Support Bandage
Member Name: cha97mw
Boots Tubigrip Support Bandage
Advantages: quick to put on, really support the joint allowing you to heal
Disadvantages: bandage can get grotty quickly and fray at the cut edge.
I have always had a problem with my knees. This results from a school injury where I fell really heavily on it initially, then I twisted it a number of other times over the course of my school years, and it has never been right since. Consequently, when I do a lot of walking these days, particularly if somewhere hilly, I get a lot of knee pain.
I last bought a box of this last summer when I was on holiday. We had been out for the day to Dover castle, and had walked up and down the hill several times, as well as tackling the steps within the castle. By the time I got back to the place we were staying, I was in absolute agony. Knowing we were due out again the next day, I realised that if I didn't do something about my knee, I would not be able to go, so I popped round to a tiny branch of Boots in the town we were staying at to see what I could get.
On the shelf was ibuprofen and tubigrip bandages, so I bought some of both. Ibuprofen was to deal with the pain and swelling, whereas the tubigrip bandage was to apply compression to the injured joint to allow me to continue to use it.
I got a size E bandage. This is 8.75cm diameter and 1m in length. The bandage came within a sealed green cardboard outer packaging. This had on it some tips for wearing the bandage, and recommended that this was suitable to wear on large ankles, medium knees and small thighs.
I have been to the hospital many times when I have injured my knee, so I know that the Drs will tell me to rest the leg and elevate to reduce swelling, and wear an ice pack. Then they put on some tubigrip. They have a cool contraption at the hospital that is a metal cage - the bandage goes around the metal cage. The cage is then moved up your leg to where the bandage should go, and then they gently move the bandage onto your leg so it is in the correct position. Applying this myself at home, I have to manually pull the bandage up my leg to get it into the required position.
Tubigrip bandage works best when it is doubled over onto itself so you are wearing two layers of bandage over the affected area. Putting it on myself, I find it easiest to position it first of all in a single layer, pulling it on like a sock. I then double it when I am sure it is in the right place making sure the overlap is not behind my knee as I find this uncomfortable.
At first, tubigrip can feel a bit tight, but as the swelling reduces and the bandage stretches a little, it becomes more comfortable.
The relief to the injury is always immediate for me. I can then bear to put some weight onto my knee.
I cannot remember off hand how much I paid for this at the time. I see on Boots website that you can buy an F sized bandage for £3.50, so I imagine this would have been a similar price. I find that within one box the bandage is long enough to cut into two so that I have two bandages. While you can wash tubigrip bandages by hand to re-use them a few times, I do find that eventually the edge that you cut does start to fray and look ragged. At this point I then just start a new bandage.
I don't wear these often, but it is handy to have them on hand as I do feel twinges in my knee a lot, and if I knew I was going on a long hilly walk, I would wear this as a pre-emptive measure to stop injury from happening. I find that wearing one of these, I can get on with less pain and more movement in my joint.
The advantage to this is its a quick way to strap up an injury. There are no issues with winding a bandage too tight and affecting my circulation, and I don't have to find pins to finish putting on the bandage. If it were an arm injury, its so simple to use I could apply it myself if I needed to.
I think tubigrip is an essential item to have in our house at least, and I am sure as my boys get bigger they are likely to end up injured at some point needing to wear it too.
First aid made easy.
Summary: I couldn't cope without having these at home to sort my knee out.
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