Tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow are both names for inflammation in a tendon in the forearm. Unlike the names may suggest, these injuries can be caused by any repetitive motion, not just the sports they’re named after. Tennis elbow affects the tendon on the outside of the arm. Golfer’s elbow causes pain and inflammation in the tendon on the inside of the arm. In both cases, the pain is near the elbow. An appropriate brace can help relieve the symptoms. Braces can be worn during the activity to prevent injury or throughout the day to relieve symptoms of an existing problem.
Types of Braces
Depending on the extent of the pain and inflammation, in addition, to which tendon is impacted, different types of braces may be most beneficial.
Elbow sleeves compress and support the elbow. Some have pads on the inside to better conform to the shape of your elbow and provide additional support.
Tennis Elbow Brace
These braces usually come with some sort of bubble inside the strap. The bubble is typically either an air pocket or gel pack. Whatever the material, the bubble is meant to put pressure on the inflamed tendon. The gel pack option serves a dual purpose as it can be removed and placed in the freezer to add cold therapy while wearing the brace. The bubble usually decreases compliance because of how bulky it tends to be. However, the longer you wear the brace the better off you’ll be. Learn to be patient and work around getting it around long sleeves and out of the daily activities. Depending on whether you’re treating tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow, the bubble can be placed on either the inside or outside of the arm to put pressure on the tendon to relieve pain to help the healing process.
This is quite similar to the tennis elbow brace, but it uses plastic or a pad to apply pressure. The lower profile brace tends to fit better under clothing.
Our customers tend to be split 50/50 between the Tennis Elbow Brace and the Epicondylitis Brace – so make sure you try on both!
Additional Treatment Options
As with most injuries, if you’ve got tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow, it’s important to ice the area. This can be done with an ice pack or using the gel pack insert mentioned above. OTC anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen can also be helpful in short-term management of these conditions. Stretches can also help speed up recovery. As with any tendon, be sure to stretch the forearm to reduce your risk of getting either tennis or golfer’s elbow. Do this by pulling back your fingers to help stretch the tendons that attach to your elbow.
Always check with your doctor before beginning any course of treatment.