How to Wrap an Injured Shoulder With an Elastic Bandage

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How to Wrap an Injured Shoulder With an Elastic Bandage
Wrap your injured shoulder with an elastic bandage to help it heal. (Football image by Richard McGuirk from

You can help heal an injured shoulder quicker and more effectively by binding it with an elastic bandage. An elastic bandage wrapped around an injured shoulder will help prevent overextension of the shoulder and protect it by providing added padding. The elastic bandage should still allow for some movement in the shoulder as long as you wrap it correctly with firm, even pressure.

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Things you need

  • Foam shoulder pad
  • Elastic tape
  • White trainer's tape
  • Metal clips

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    Flex the elbow and tighten the muscles in the arm with the injured shoulder. Begin wrapping the bandage from right above the elbow. Wrap twice around the upper arm so that the bandage stays tight but not so tight that it becomes painful.

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    Place a foam shoulder pad on the injured shoulder. Bring the elastic bandage up and over the injured shoulder, holding the pad in place. Cross diagonally across the chest and under the arm. Continue wrapping the bandage across the back, working your way up to the shoulder. Bring the bandage back over the shoulder, under the arm and back across the chest.

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    Apply elastic tape to the end so that the bandage does not unravel. Wrap the elastic tape around the arm and across the chest, then cut the tape off when you come back up to the shoulder. Reinforce the end of the elastic tape with two pieces of white trainer's tape. The bandage should now be firmly set in place while still allowing for movement of the shoulder.

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    Place the arm with the injured shoulder downward in a resting position. Place the end of the elastic bandage on the shoulder blade and wrap downward so that the bandage hits right below the armpit. Wrap it around twice.

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    Bring the elastic bandage over the front of the shoulder, across the chest and around below to the other armpit. Cross the back with the elastic bandage. Wrap the bandage around the shoulder once. Retrace the bandage around the chest and back.

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    Attach another bandage to the end of the one you just wrapped with metal clips. Retrace the bandage around until you get to the end of the second one. Finish by wrapping it across the back and around the shoulder. Fasten the end to the shoulder blade and tack it down with elastic tape.

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