Iliotibial Band Syndrome

Final position of V Shape on outer leg/knee

RapidForce® Shapes are uniquely designed to provide pain relief and dynamic mechanical support to the muscles, ligaments and tendons of the leg.

The iliotibial band or IT band is the largest muscle tissue in the body and runs from the pelvis/outer thigh area to just below the knee. IT band syndrome symptoms include stinging, needle-like pricks, a snapping or popping sensation, pain that radiates to (but is not located in) the thigh or hip, and pain that worsens during exercise or stair climbing. The pain will be located on the lateral side of the knee, just above the knee bump.

The RapidForce® V Shape is designed to help reduce pain in the lateral side of the knee, especially pain from IT band syndrome. The V Shape adheres to the skin just above the pain point, which stabilizes the inflamed or irritated area, and its dual arms are stretched outwards, creating dynamic structural support. 


If you'd like assistance choosing the best RapidForce® Shape for your needs, please email us at advice@rapidforceshapes.com.

Disclaimer: Please see your medical professional with any kind of pain. Pain could be an indication of a serious condition. RapidForce® Shapes are not meant to replace professional medical advice, professional treatment, or a professional treatment plan.

The RapidForce Difference

  • STRONG - Thick multi-layered system that is 15x stronger than kinesiology tape
  • FLEXIBLE - Conforms and moves with your body any direction you go
  • LONG LASTING - Stays put for 3-5 days for 24-hour pain relief and support
  • SIMPLE - Easy-to-apply: simply peel, place, stretch, and secure

RapidForce Shapes for Iliotibial Band Syndrome

V Shape

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Application Instructions

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Time it Right

While RapidForce® Shapes can be applied at any time, they should be applied 1–2 hours before beginning strenuous physical activity. The Shapes can start working is as little as two hours, but some applications take up to four hours.

Prep Skin Thoroughly

Wash and dry the skin to remove oils, moisture, and dirt. Trim or shave body hair; this helps create a more secure bond and more comfortable removal. Apply the provided Skin Tac liquid adhesive wipe. Allow 30 seconds for it to dry.

Customize Stretch

Secure the Shape’s central core to the most painful spot. For daily wear or moderate-to-light athletics, a mild stretch of 1/2” is ideal. Application instructions vary based on Shape, so read and follow the instructions mailed with your shape(s).

Secure Bond

With both the Shape and the skin at room temperature, carefully begin applying the shape. Once the shape is secure, rub it vigorously to maximize adhesive bond to skin.

  1. 1. Locate boney bump on the outer edge of the knee

    1. Locate boney bump on the outer edge of the knee

  2. 1. Locate boney bump on the outer edge of the knee

    2. Apply the center of the V Shape

    Peel off the backing of the center of the V Shape and place over the bump in the knee. Press to secure the bond.

  3. 1. Locate boney bump on the outer edge of the knee

    3. Apply arms of the V Shape - 1/2" Stretch

    Peel off the middle backing of the outer arm of the V Shape, leaving the end tab in place. While stabilizing the central core with one hand, customize stretch based on intensity of activity and place upward, alongside the IT band. Smooth the fabric onto the skin, moving from the center of the Shape outwards. Remove the backing from the end tab and place on the skin. Do not stretch this small piece. Press over the entire arm of the V Shape for about 10 seconds to secure the bond. Apply the other arm of the V Shape in the same fashion but in the opposite direction.

  4. 1. Locate boney bump on the outer edge of the knee

    4. Feel Relief and Remove

    You may begin feeling relief within a few hours. However, it could take up to 24 hours. RapidForce shapes can provide pain relief and muscle support for up to five days but can be removed at any time. To remove, pull from the end of the arms to the center. If hair is present, pull in the direction of the hair’s growth to reduce discomfort. For easier removal, use mild warm water in the shower and then remove the shape slowly.