If you are suffering from pain in the elbow, then you most probably have the so-called tennis elbow syndrome or lateral epicondylitis. It is not necessary to play tennis to have this type of injury but it is almost sure that you will have it if you do play. One of the ways to alleviate the pain caused by the tennis elbow is by using elbow support braces.
What causes a tennis elbow?
It is not quite sure what causes the condition but it is believed to be due to small tears of the elbow tendons that attach your forearm muscles to your elbow. Such tears can be caused by several reasons but most often result from a repetitive movement of the elbow.
There are two types of people that suffer from tennis elbow:
- Active athletes especially those who play racquet sports such as tennis, racquetball, squash, and pickleball but also golfers, fencers, and others.
- Manual workers who use their hands while working are also prone to developing the condition. The most affected jobs are that of plumbers, carpenters, gardeners, painters.
Tennis elbow occurs both in men and women and usually affects the dominant arm. Those who suffer from a tennis elbow experience pain on the outside of the elbow, which may be intensified when trying to grasp an object or cock back the wrist. At some point, the pain may become quite acute and chronic.
If you experience pain over the outside of the elbow, while lifting objects or pain that is radiant down the forearm, you have the tennis elbow. It is necessary to consult a doctor and find the right treatment. In some cases, surgery may also be needed.
Note that the tennis elbow is not simply an inflammation that can go away but it is rather a degenerative process caused by repetitive use of the arm.
How do elbow braces help?
One of the ways to prevent deterioration of the condition and to effectively combat elbow pain is by using elbow braces. Unlike knee or ankle braces, they do not immobilize the area as this will prevent you from using your arm. Elbow braces aim to put direct pressure on the outer side of the elbow, thus, applying counter-force to reduce the tension on the muscles. As a result, the brace relieves the pain caused by the tennis elbow.
A study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) reveals that people suffering from a tennis elbow who use a strap or sleeve as support experience immediate pain relieve and have more grip strength.
Note, that the elbow brace is a temporary solution and it is necessary to do strengthening exercises in order to get long-term relief. If you experience too acute or persistent pain, you need to consult a doctor or physical therapist.
Still, elbow braces are effective in fighting tennis elbow pain and it is necessary to find the right type for you. There are straps, braces, and compression sleeves that you can choose from and below you will find 10 of the best products on the market in 2019.
Painless Elbow Support Brace by TrendBaron
The Painless Elbow Support Brace is specifically designed to provide you with quick pain relief regardless of the reason causing it while letting you maintain maximum freedom of movement. As part of TrensBaron’s brand Life Happens Outdoors, the brace is another of the great products that support your health, promotes well-being, and helps you stay active.
Faster muscle control and optimized elbow movement are among the main features of the brace. You can use it in case you have weak, strained or injured elbows, or if you are recovering from an injury or even surgery. The brace is light and breathable and the fabric keeps your arm at the right temperature – it does not retain heat but also protects your elbow from cooling. This feature allows you to wear the brace as long as you need and not only while practicing your favorite sport.
The brace is suitable for conditions such as tennis elbow, arthritis or elbow tendonitis. It offers moderate compression that stimulates blood circulation and the anatomic design gives you a perfect fit. The anti-slip silicone ensures that the brace stays in place while you are exercising. The elastic fabric makes it easier to put the brace on and take it off.
The brace provides maximum support, stabilizes the elbow, and helps you retain your movement. It is extremely durable and washable and you can use it safely for a very long period of time.
SIMIEN Tennis Elbow Brace
SIMIEN offers a plain strap elbow brace that can be used for a great variety of conditions including tennis elbow and can relieve pain in the elbow caused by practicing golf fishing, billiard or as a result of using a computer mouse. It straps around the high part of the forearm and thus puts direct pressure on the tendon without cutting your blood circulation.
The velcro strap is adjustable to fit most sizes and guarantee comfort and stability while wearing the brace. It fits both arms and can be used by men and women. It is also suitable as an armband for weightlifting, playing basketball or doing any activity that may lead to elbow hyperextension.
The strap elbow brace effectively replaces the elbow sleeve and provides the necessary stability and relieves muscle tissue and joint pain. It is equipped with a compression gel-like pad that is more efficient than the air pad.
The brace is made from 65% neoprene and 35% nylon and is built to last. SIMIEN guarantee that the strap will not wear and tear no matter how long you use it.
SS SLEEVE STARS Tennis Elbow Brace with Compression Pad for Men & Women
The Sleeve Stars Elbow Brace is designed to relieve you from elbow pain and discomfort while providing you with full mobility. It is a great product for an affordable price for those who want to try this type of elbow support.
The brace is efficient in case of tennis elbow pain, tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and arthritis and works by applying pressure to the outside forearm muscle. You simply need to locate the muscle, put the brace on and strap it using the two hook and loop straps. This unisex brace fits forearms ranging from 9 to 23 inches and can be worn during sports or in the office.
The brace is made from 25% nylon and 75% neoprene and the textured material provides a firm fit. You can wear the brace as long as you need on any of your arms as it fits both left and right arm. The material is breathable and durable and while the brace supports your swelled tendons, it is also extremely comfortable to wear.
McDavid 489 Elbow Strap for Tendonitis and Tennis Elbow
This stylish black elbow strap alleviates pain and discomfort that result from muscle pressure and stress. It is suitable for tennis, golf or basketball players and for all other athletes as well. The elbow brace is easily adjusted to your arm via a hook and loop closure. It fits securely and offers pain relief, support, and comfort.
The brace is made from neoprene and offers thermal and compression therapy and soft tissue support. The two sorbothane pads apply targeted pressure to and reduce vibration.
The flat-seam construction of the brace guarantees maximum comfort and a firm fit no matter how long you need to wear it.
Elbow Ice Pack Soft Brace + Compression
Cooling is one of the efficient ways to treat inflammation and swelling and to reduce pain. The Cold One Elbow Brace is a neoprene sleeve that not only exercises pressure around your elbow but also cools it in order to provide maximum pain relief.
The brace needs to be cooled in a freezer for 90 minutes prior to being used. You simply need to put it around your elbow and fix it using the two velcro straps for a maximum fit. The brace will cool the area for about 20 minutes and reduce the pain and inflammation.
You can use the brace 2 to 3 3 times a day and icing will not only reduce your pain but prevent you from new injuries. It is suitable for people suffering from tennis elbow, sports injury, accident or overuse. The complete 360 ° icing surrounds the elbow and relieves ligaments, tendons, and muscles. The brace is clinically-approved for use by hospitals and orthopedic clinics and is also perfect to be used at home. You can also use it as a soft elbow brace without the icing effect.
DASHSPORT TENNIS ELBOW BRACE
DashSport offers the ultimate solution for those suffering from tennis elbow by providing a pack of two excellent products – the Premium Copper Compression Elbow Sleeve paired with their Tennis Elbow Brace. When used together, they provide maximum pain relief and comfort.
The copper-infused elbow sleeve provides optimum compression that stimulates blood circulation. It is extremely breathable and offers maximum comfort and support.
The elbow brace is unique due to the copper nylon added to the mix thus helping relieve pain much faster. It can be worn alone or in combination with the sleeve.
Both products have antimicrobial properties and are odor-repellant for more pleasant and hygienic use. Their stylish design makes them suitable both for men and women.
MUELLER ADJUSTABLE ELBOW SUPPORT
The adjustable Elbow Support is excellent for anyone suffering from sore, weak or injured elbows. The construction of the brace provides maximum comfort and fits both left and right elbow. The adjustable straps allow the brace to fit elbows measuring between 7 and 14 inches.
To put the brace you simply need to slide in your arm with Mueller’s logo facing the top of the arm. Then you use the straps to fasten the brace around the arm for a comfortable fit. As the brace is made from neoprene it is soft for the skin while extremely durable. The HydraMesh fabric panel makes the product moisture and odor repellent and keeps your arm dry and cool.
The design offers maximum support and does not limit your movement thus enhancing your sports performance.
ElbowCure – Tennis Elbow Brace
ElbowCure offers an elbow brace that provides a two-step treatment to people suffering from tennis and golfers elbow, tendonitis, and epicondylitis. The brace not only provides the necessary pressure but also massages your forearm using vibration. Thus, you achieve pain relief much faster and you can tell that your muscles feel better.
The Tennis Elbow Brace offers an active treatment approach to the problem via the massaging device that facilitates healing. The vibrating massager can be used separately as well as a hand-held device to massage your forearm. You can then simply insert it back into the brace and enjoy its relieving function.
The brace is designed for left and right arm and can fit both men and women. It’s unique healing features come from the patented ActiveBrace technology that integrates splinting, compression and active massage pulsation. The deep tissue massage reduces swelling and enhances blood circulation leading to better and faster results regardless of the particular elbow condition you are suffering from.
First Response Medical Supplies Tennis Elbow Brace
A quality elbow brace is needed not only by active tennis players and athletes but by anyone suffering from sore and weak elbows. Quite often office workers also complain of tennis elbow and need help in getting rid of the pain and discomfort.
The First Response Medical Supplies tennis elbow brace is a set of two braces and an exercise ring that can help you get rid of the pain and strengthen your muscles. The support braces are made from 65% neoprene and 35% nylon and premium quality Velcro that guarantees their durability.
Each brace features a soft compression pad that exercises pressure on the forearm to relieve pain caused by Elbow Tendonitis, either Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis) or Golfer’s Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis), Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or Arthritis. You can wear it any time and with all the activities that can cause elbow hyperextension.
PowerLix Elbow Brace Compression Sleeve Elbow Support
While straps provide localized pressure, the elbow sleeves exercise equal pressure around the entire elbow and biceps. Thus, they contribute to faster recover and elbow pain relief. The PowerLix Elbow Brace Compression Sleeve Elbow Support can be used to relieve pain caused by arthritis, bursitis, arm hyperextension, muscular swelling, stress fracture, arm fatigue and facilitate elbow recovery after injuries or surgery.
The non-slip elastic fabric guarantees comfort and secures the brace on its position regardless of your activity. It applies graduated compression thus improving blood circulation and muscle recovery but without limiting your movement.
The brace provides effective protection and is ideal for intense sports including weightlifting, cross training, golf, tennis, basketball, and many more.
Elbow braces combine both protection and prevention and are great supporting gear for anyone experiencing elbow pain and discomfort. It is important to be active and protected and for that reason, we suggest that you have a look at the Life Happens Outdoors section of our online shop for more ideas on how to stay active.