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How To Bandage An Elbow

How To Bandage An Elbow

Bandaging your elbow correctly will speed up recovery, so our VideoJug experts show you the best way to bandage an elbow, protecting the limb as it heals.

Step 1: You will need

  • 1 bandage 7.5-10cm in width
  • 1 adhesive tape

Step 2: Stand in front of the person

Place yourself in front of the person on their injured side.

Step 3: Wind the bandage around the elbow

Supporting the injured limb in a comfortable place put the tail of the bandage on the inside of the elbow and wind the bandage over and around to the outside of the elbow one-and-a-half turns

Step 4: Wind a diagonal turn

Holding the head of the bandage, wrap it around the inside of the bicep to just above the joint. Now cross the upper arm diagonally with the bandage, making sure that the upper half of the bandage is covered.

Step 5: Make a diagonal turn below elbow

Now move the head of the bandage from the inside of the upper arm to below the joint. Then make a diagonal turn below the elbow on the forearm.

Step 6: Continue turns in a figure-of-eight

Keep on bandaging diagonal turns above and then below the elbow joint in a figure-of-eight. It’s important to continue to extend the bandaging by covering around two-thirds of the previous layer every time. In order to apply even pressure, the bandaging must extend sufficiently on either side.

Step 7: Apply two straight turns

Complete the bandaging by applying 2 straight turns around the forearm and securing the end with adhesive tape.

Step 8: Check circulation

Check the circulation of the injured limb by pressing on one of the nails or skin of the hand until it becomes pale. Then release, and if the colour does not come back within 2 to 3 seconds, the bandage is likely to be too tight.

Step 9: Seek medical advice

If symptoms are not immediately relieved by reapplying the bandage more loosely, then remove the bandage and seek medical advice immediately.