McConnell Taping is one of the most common treatment techniques for Patellofemoral knee pain utilized in Physical Therapy clinics. The technique was developed by Jenny McConnell, a physical therapist, in 1984. The technique is utilized to assist in keeping the knee in proper alignment and reducing pain symptoms while developing essential muscles in the upper leg.
Knee pain can occur for a variety of reasons, with misalignment being one possibility. This is known as a problem with the tracking of the knee cap, which can occur due to weakness in the quadriceps, tightness in the IT band or structural problems. The purpose of McConnell taping is to shift the patella medially to correct alignment and prevent the patella from rubbing repetitively on the femur.
Patients can wear the tape while they perform exercises, which can assist in activation of the proper quadriceps muscles to assist in alignment of the patella. With practice, the taping should help re-teach muscles and correct the underlying problem, meaning the patient would not need the tape anymore.
The physical therapists at Hohman Rehab are experts in relieving knee pain and use McConnell taping to assist with this when needed. We treat knee pain in the Clermont 34711 area!