standardized lengths and widths. These bandages can be useful to keep in a first aid kit for immediate treatment of strains and sprains. Athletes, in particular, may keep these bandages around to be prepared for injuries.
This bandage design consists of an elasticized knit. The bandage can be wrapped around an ankle, wrist, or knee and it will conform, holding tension and providing support. Tensor bandages are held in place with small, toothed metal clips. The materials used in the bandage can include synthetics, as well as cotton and other natural fibers, depending on the manufacturer. Typically, these bandages are cream or flesh colored and they may be striped or decorated.
One advantage to the tensor bandage is that the knit allows the fabric to breathe naturally. The skin underneath the bandage benefits from the air circulation. These bandages are also fully washable and reusable. The design usually withstands hard washing and bleach, allowing people to fully clean a bandage between uses. Since these bandages are not designed to be applied directly to wounds, they shouldn't absorb infectious material like liquids that seep from injuries.