Tubigrip compression bandages are very simple to use and come in a variety of colours and sizes to reduce swelling and provide support.
It is essential to get the right size and to apply it correctly to ensure it works effectively and safely. Too loose and it won’t reduce swelling or provide support, too tight and it can be uncomfortable, and could reduce circulation (blood flow).
Tubigrip should feel tight but not restrictive.
Here you will find answers to the most commonly asked questions on using Tubigrip compression bandages.
A specially designed elasticated tubular bandage that provides firm but comfortable support for sprains, strains and weak joints. It can also be used to keep dressings in place.
Tubigrip compression bandages come in a variety of sizes, lengths and colours. We’ve reviewed tubigrip stores for US customers and UK customers. We’ve cherry picked the best prices taking into account delivery cost and reliability.
Measure around your joint (eg knee) to get the circumference and check on the table below.
Tubigrip should cover the relevant joint extending up to just below the joint above, and extending down to just above the joint below eg for the knee it should go from just below the hip to just below the ankle. Tubigrip should always be applied double thickness.
1) Cut off the appropriate amount of tubigrip (remembering to double the length to allow for double thickness).
2) Pull a single layer up over your limb to the correct height.
3) Fold it over at the bottom and extend it upwards, stopping a couple of centimetres before the top.
One of the great things about tubigrip is that it usually stays in place by itself. However, occasionally people find that tubigrip rolls down at the top slightly, especially on legs. My top tip is to get a coin and fold the top of the tubigrip over it and that should keep it in place. A coin with straight edges eg 50p GBP coin often works best.
Often, tubigrip compression bandages can feel too tight at the top, especially with knees as thighs are much bigger than ankles. Make a small vertical cut in the top of the tubigrip to make it slightly wider. It will still be effective but will be more comfortable
0.5m: Works for keeping dressings in place, but it is not long enough to double over
1m: Good for covering smaller joints eg wrist. Not long enough to work effectively on larger joints eg knee
10m: The most cost effective way to give you enough to allow for double thickness and to give you a spare for when one needs washing.
It is available in either creamy beige, natural skin or blue colour, depending in what country you live. You cannot get black tubigrip. Visit our recommended US suppliers or UK suppliers to find what colours are available to you at the best price.
To find out more about tubigrip compression bandages, including how they work, what they are made from and why they are better than other bandages, visit the Tubigrip Overview section.
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