Injuries come in all sizes and shapes and because of that, so do bandages. Using the right tool for the job helps the body heal better and faster. If you find yourself with a bad sprain or strain then you may be looking for all-over support and comfort. Tubular bandages help provide just that. One quick Google search, however, leads you to discover the many tubular bandage sizes and types on the market. Let’s not add to your pain, read our quick guide below for how to pick the right tubular bandage.
What is a Tubular Bandage Exactly?
As the name suggests, tubular bandages are a type of compression bandage. They come in a cylindrical shape, resembling a tube or sleeve. They’re typically made from elastic, stretchable fabric or other materials. These bandages are designed to be slipped over a limb or body part to provide support, compression, and protection.
Tubular bandages are used in a variety of medical and healthcare settings. They have various purposes, including:
Compression: Tubular bandages can be used as a compression garment. They apply pressure to a limb, like an arm or leg. This may help reduce swelling, manage edema, or prevent or treat conditions like lymphedema.
Wound dressing retention: Tubular bandages can be used to hold wound dressings in place. They provide secure and gentle fixation. They can be especially useful for irregularly shaped body parts or joints that traditional bandages may be difficult to apply.
Joint support: Tubular bandages can be used to provide support to joints, such as the wrist, elbow, or knee. They can help stabilize and protect the joint during activity or after an injury.
Sports and athletic use: Tubular bandages are commonly used by athletes to provide compression, support, or protection to muscles or joints during sporting activities.
Tubular bandages are available in different sizes, lengths, and materials. They’re meant to accommodate various body parts, conditions, and levels of compression needed.
Tubular Bandage Sizes
These bandages are meant to keep a steady compression of the affected area. Because of that, it’s important to get the right size. Tubular bandage sizing uses two measurements: width and length. For the sake of simplicity, we’ll reference our own products when explaining the different sizes.
Width: We carry six widths of tubular bandage, from B-G.
Length: We have two lengths to choose from.
Continue reading to see how to use these two measurements to find the right size for you.
Which Width is Right
Kinship carries sizes B through G for width, which range from 2.5” to 4.75” respectively. Here are all of the sizes:
- B – 2.5”
- C – 2.75”
- D – 3”
- E – 3.5”
- F – 4”
- G – 4.75”
For the most accurate measurement use some string or measuring tape. Take it and measure around the center of where you’ll place the tubular bandage. Then look at our tubular bandage size chart and see which letter size it corresponds with. If the width of your joint is in-between two sizes, you may want to choose the larger one to ensure better comfort.
If you aren’t able to measure then refer to our handy chart below for a general estimate of what size would be right.
- B – The smallest hands, arms, or legs
- C – Adult hands and wrists, and small arms or legs
- D – Adult arms and legs
- E – Adult legs or small thighs
- F – Adult large knees or thighs
- G – Adult large knees or thighs
Choosing the Right Length
Our bandages come in two lengths, 2 meters, and 10 meters. For temporary or short-term use, 2 meters allows you to double-layer. 10 meters can be cut down to the length needed and the extra can be saved for later use.
Tubular bandages can be worn as either a single layer or doubled up for added compression. If you plan on doubling up simply cut your bandage twice as long as needed and fold while applying.
Our tubular bandages feature a two-way stretch to help ensure ultimate comfort. And they’re also latex-free! Instead of latex, they’re made with a special cotton and spandex blend that helps them remain breathable.
With multiple sizes to choose from, we’re certain you’ll find one that meets your needs. Here are the two products we’re proud to carry:
If you have any questions or concerns don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’re a small, family-run business and are proud to offer our customers superior service. At Kinship, we have a no-questions-asked, satisfaction guarantee.
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