Written By: Chloe Wilson, BSc(Hons) Physiotherapy
Reviewed by: KPE Medical Review Board
Tubigrip sizes range from size A to L and are available in a variety of lengths.
It is important to choose the right size for you to get the right amount of compression and support.
Tubigrip compression bandages are specially designed elasticated tubular bandages. They are really useful for reducing acute swelling after injuries or surgery or to help control chronic swelling. They are also great at providing support with muscle strains, ligament sprains and weak joints.
Here we will look at the different tubigrip sizes available and how to identify which size is right for you, whether you have a large swollen knee, a small wrist looking for support or anything in between. If you want to know more about how tubigrip works, check out the Tubigrip Overview.
Tubigrip compression bandages are different to normal bandages in a couple of ways:
Conventional bandages are typically used to keep dressings in place and cover wounds. They come in a range of lengths and widths and are applied by simply wrapping them around the relevant area.
Tubigrip can be used for the same reasons as bandages but where they really stand out is that they provide even compression making them much better at reducing swelling. Tubigrip sizes refer to the width of the bandage, and each size is available in three different lengths.
With twelve different tubigrip sizes to choose from, it is really important to get the right size for you. For example, a young child with a sprained wrist is going to want a different size tubigrip to a man with a swollen knee.
There are two things to think about with tubigrip sizes:
Please note, Tubigrip is the most common brand name for elasticated tubular bandage. Other manufacturers have different names from it such as Sterogrip, EasyGrip, Kin-Grip and Tubula but they are all essentially the same product and align to the same tubigrip sizes. Most brands contain some natural rubber latex, but not all of them do so if you have a latex allergy, make sure you check first.
When working out which of the tubigrip sizes is right for you in terms of width, you want to measure the circumference around the center of the joint that you are looking to cover.
For example, if you are looking to reduce swelling at the knee, measure around the center of the knee with the leg extended out straight. It is often worth measuring twice, just to make sure and as swelling often fluctuates, you may want to take measurements at different times of the day.
Once you have your measurement, have a look at our tubigrip size chart:
There are three different length options with most tubigrip sizes:
Tubigrip comes in three colours:
Most brands contain some natural rubber latex, but not all of them do so if you have a latex allergy, make sure you check first.
Most of the different tubigrip sizes and lengths can be found in a number of sports and leisure stores and they are readily available on Amazon - see below. Prices tend to vary depending on tubigrip sizes, lengths and colour.
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If you would like to try out Blue Tubigrip sizes, they are available from Amazon.co.uk.
Once you've worked out the correct tubigrip sizes for you, it's simple a case of putting it on.
In order to be most effective, tubigrip should run from the joint above the one you are wanting to support, right down to the joint below. For example if you have a swollen knee, the tubigrip should run from just below your hip to just above your ankle.
If you are using tubigrip to reduce swelling, you should wear it double thickness
Tubigrip can be worn during the day for as long as it is comfortable, which should be a number of hours if you've got your tubigrip sizes correct! But tubigrip should always be removed at night.
You can find out loads more about how tubigrip works and answers to common questions such as how it feels, how to stop it rolling down, and how to wash it in the Tubigrip Overview.
Tubigrip is a great tool for helping to reduce swelling and provide support after injuries, but there are lots of other things that can help too. The following articles may be of interest
And remember, one of the most important thing with tubigrip is to make sure it fits properly, in terms of both width and length. So make sure you measure twice and cut once to ensure you have the right tubigrip sizes for you.
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