How to apply Tape: AC Joint

In an injury to the AC Joint, the join separates and causes damage to one or more of the four ligaments that keep it in place. Injuries to the AC Joint may also injure the cartilage within the joint, fracture the clavicle or acromion, or tear the meniscus inside the joint. If not treated properly, these injuries can later cause arthritis and severe pain in the shoulder.

An AC Joint injury is possible in a person who feels pain on top of the shoulder, took a blunt force to the top of the shoulder, or fell on an outstretched hand. In more severe cases, the clavicle will appear prominent and be sore to the touch.

AC Joint injuries can be very painful and take a long time to heal. For most separations or injuries to the AC Joint, this KT Tape application will drastically reduce pain, provide needed support, and speed the healing process.

Application overview

AC (acromioclavicular) Joint injuries are common in contact sports or accidents wherein a collision with the tip of the shoulder occurs. In fact, they are the most common reason an athlete seeks medical attention following a shoulder injury. KT Tape helps treat this condition by relieving pressure to reduce pain, providing support, and increasing circulation.

What you need

2 full 25cm strips of KT Tape cut in half

Apple before activity

Apply one hour before beginning activity

Clean skin

Clean dirt, oils and lotions from area

Activate adhesive

After application rub tape vigorously to activate adhesive

Body position

how to apply tape to ac joint step 1

Turn head away from shoulder looking down

how to apply tape to ac joint step 2

80% STRETCH

ANCHOR: The middle of a half strip of tape over the point of pain. Lay the ends down without stretch

how to apply tape to ac joint step 3

80% STRETCH

ANCHOR: The middle of a second half strip in an X pattern over the first strip

how to apply tape to ac joint step 4

80% STRETCH

ANCHOR: The middle of a third half strip at a diagonal over the first two strips

how to apply tape to ac joint step 5

0% STRETCH

APPLY: Lay ends down without stretch.

CAUTION: If you have skin sensitivities, cancer, or are pregnant, consult your doctor before use. Discontinue use if skin becomes irritated or sore. KT TAPE® is not a replacement for professional medical care. Warranties and remedies limited to product replacement cost. READ ALL CAUTIONS ON ENCLOSED INSTRUCTION SHEET PRIOR TO USE.