Thu. Dec 8th, 2022
Using Elastic Wrap Bandages To Reduce Injury And Improve Recovery

Have you ever seen someone wrap an injury?

Elastic Compression Bandage are strips of stretchy material used to keep pressure on an injured body part. They are also called compression bandages or tensor bandages. 

Hardly will a pharmacy exist without them, as they are commonly used in aiding recovery. You may have used one or heard about one, but you probably have not heard enough. 

Keep reading to find out more about quality elastic wrap bandages.

Elastic Wrap Features 

Hampton Adams 30 Pack of Gauze Rolls is an embodiment of comfort. The rolls are made with cotton and other latex-free materials that make the bandage thick yet soft, breathable, and comfortable. 

People who have latex allergies need not worry about any kind of reaction. Even without an allergy, latex coming in contact with the skin is not the best feeling. 

Our bandage also has high absorbency; therefore, any stain from your wound will stay in the bandage and not ooze out to stain your clothes.

With our bandage, you do not have to worry about skin irritation, discomfort, or discolored clothes.

Hampton Adams Elastic Bandage Wrap stays in place, unlike many other alternatives you might have encountered. 

You no longer have to worry about elastic bandages that scratch up and become one long uncomfortable rope that drags itself behind you. Only a few things are more embarrassing than an unwanted bandage tail. 

Hampton Adams bandages stay put comfortably and firmly. 

Our elastic bandage is very easy to remove. It does not stick to your sores or leave sticky parts of it in your wound. Removal of our bandages is not painful or uncomfortable. Elastic bandages that leave residues in your wound only worsen things, defeating the whole purpose of recovery.

Our Self Adhesive Elastic Bandage Wrap come in individual rolls, and each roll, stretching up to 4 inches by 4 yards, is long enough to securely wrap any part of the body. This way, you get to avoid having frayed edges and unwanted holes in your bandage rolls. It also makes applications way more comfortable than if you have to tear them.

The medical tape can be helpful if adherence is of particular importance to you, it will secure the elastic bandage better on your body. With every 30-pack of our elastic tape comes free medical tape.

There is a 60 Day Money-back guarantee on our elastic wrap bandages, which means you can use them with an absolute peace of mind.

This may come as a shock, but our elastic wrap bandages also work on pets, and this is only possible because the bandage does not remove hair or leave behind sticky goo.

Determining Quality 

When you think of purchasing elastic wrap bandages, getting the best quality is bound to be at the top of your mind. How do you determine which bandage is the best? 

The first thing you should take note of is elasticity. Elastic wrap bandages are named that way for their elasticity. Ensure that the bandage has maximum stretch without thinning out.

You also want to look out for its comfortability. How does the bandage feel on the skin? Is it soft and comfortable, or does it make you want to tear it off? Does it apply even pressure, or does one side feel off? 

Make sure you get soft, comfortable, and thick bandages. In addition, make sure that it is made out of materials that you are not allergic to. 

People mostly react to latex in elastic bandages; although most companies now manufacture latex-free bandages, those that contain latex still exist. So, keep an eye out for this.

Lastly, ensure that the bandage is easy to apply and remove. Not only is it unhygienic and gross, but it also tends to be super painful if removal does not come with ease. 

The last thing you want is a bandage that takes part of your skin off with it.

Easy Access and Application

Elastic wrap bandages are often used on acute injuries to speed recovery, reduce swelling, and hold splints and other wound dressings in place.

For instance, if you have a rib fracture, you can wrap an elastic bandage around the outer part of this rib to support and stabilize it. 

For bone fractures, padding and splints may be applied before an elastic bandage is used to hold them in place. This is to increase the support provided.

However, elastic wrap bandages are most commonly used to treat injuries like sprains and strains. In these cases, they are applied to put even pressure on the sprained or strained spot. This will prevent fluid build-up in that spot and eventually remove the possibility of swelling.

In addition, elastic tapes can be used to hold ice packs to an injury and to aid weight loss when used as body wraps.

Methods

Elastic wrap bandages are used on different body parts, and different rules apply for each one.

Using Elastic Wrap Bandage on An Arm or A Leg

  • Hold the limb in a neutral position.
  • Hold the roll of bandage over the wound. If the bandage, unlike that of Hampton Adams, does not come in rolls, you must first roll it up.
  • Ensure you start wrapping from the farthest end of the limb but as close to the wound as possible. You do not have to wrap up the entire limb.
  • As you apply, lay each wrap on the edge of that preceding it. This will help ensure that the bandage stays in place.
  • When you are done wrapping, hold the end with clips or tape. But with bandages that have velcro at their ends, this is not necessary.

Using Elastic Bandage on A Wrist

  • Start wrapping from the base of your fingers.
  • Wrap between your thumb and index finger to secure the bandage.
  • From there, wrap upwards towards your wrist and keep wrapping above it. 
  • Stop wrapping about five inches above your wrist.
  • Secure the end with clips or tape.

Using Elastic Bandage on An Ankle

  • Hold the ankle in a neutral position which is about ninety degrees.
  • Start from the farthest end as well. This will be somewhere near the ball of your foot.
  • You move upward from there, wrapping firmly and overlapping until you reach the heel. Before reaching the heel, take extra care to ensure the bandage is secure.
  • Do not wrap the heel itself. Leave it and continue up to the ankle.
  • Continue wrapping, alternating between moving up towards the calf and downwards towards the heel. It will form a figure eight pattern.
  • Eventually, the wrap should span the entirety of your foot and should end slightly above your ankles.
  • Also, secure the end with clips or tape.

The elastic bandage should be firm but not so tight that it restricts blood flow or makes that body part numb. This is not beneficial for the healing process. 

When it is too tight, it may end up causing more pain, and sometimes, you will find your fingers and toes going blue or pale. This is why you are often encouraged to leave your fingers and toes exposed so they can give warning signals. 

If you discover that it is too tight, you can loosen the bandage and rewrap it. Barring this, removing and readjusting the bandage at least twice a day is necessary.

If, after you remove the bandage, there is a numbness, redness, pain, or tingling present that was not there before, you should see a professional.

Safety First    

  • Do not use elastic wrap bandages on open wounds. This can lead to contamination and a ton of discomfort. Always clean the wound properly before applying an elastic bandage. If, after cleaning it, the wound is still bleeding excessively, then you should see a doctor.
  • After wrapping a wound, if you notice the swelling getting worse or feel that part of your body going numb, take off the bandage and see a professional.
  • If a bandage is already limp from use, do not reapply it without washing well in warm soapy water. Limp bandages tend to be less effective as the pressure they apply will be uneven.

Maintenance      

  • If you wear your elastic wrap bandages to sleep, it is advisable to wear stockings over them. Stockings ensure that the bandages do not stick to your sheets and rip off while you are asleep, which can be incredibly painful. 
  • While showering, use a plastic cover, cling wrap, or garbage bag to keep the bandage from getting wet.
  • If the bandage is on your ankle or foot, wear shoes that are as comfortable as possible.
  • Remove the bandage once in a while. If it becomes dirty or limp, wash it before applying. It is advisable to have extra wraps available for this purpose. 

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