Upper Knee Pain

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

Upper knee pain is discomfort that’s located above or near the top of the kneecap (patella). Pain in the upper knee is usually a result of tendon inflammation (tendonitis) from overuse or injury. Upper knee pain symptoms can include weakness or instability, swelling, stiffness, redness, warmth, difficulty walking, or pain when climbing stairs.

The RapidForce® X Shape is designed to reduce pain in the upper knee. The X Shape’s central core is placed just above the knee cap, stabilizing the injury site. The four arms are then stretch 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 Upper knee Pain

X 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. Apply the center of the X Shape

    1. Apply the center of the X Shape

    With the leg bent at a slightly larger than 90-degree angle (foot ahead of knee), peel off the backing of the center of the X Shape and place the center approximately two fingers’ width from the top of the knee cap. Press to secure the bond.

  2. 1. Apply the center of the X Shape

    2. Apply the lower arms - 1/2" Stretch

    Keep the Shape at least one finger’s width away from the knee cap. Peel off the middle backing of one of the lower arms of the X Shape, leaving the end tab in place. While stabilizing the center with one hand, customize stretch based on intensity of activity and place on the inside of the knee. Smooth the fabric onto the skin, moving from the center of the X 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 Shape for about 10 seconds to secure bond. Apply the other lower arm of the X in the same fashion, placing on the outside of the knee.

  3. 1. Apply the center of the X Shape

    3. Apply the upper arms - 1/2" Stretch

    Apply one upper arm toward the inside of the thigh and the other toward the outside of the thigh. Apply both using the same application approach as described in step 2.

  4. 1. Apply the center of the X Shape

    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.