Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Tennis Elbow Brace

A compression sleeve can ease the sting of strained tendons.

Tennis elbow creates a shooting, intense pain down your arms, or centers the pain right over the elbow joint. Either way, it’s excruciating and will keep you off the court or golf course and out of the workshop and garden. However, there are various compression sleeve technologies developed to help with pain and discomfort. They protect tendons and soft tissues while supporting aching joints. When you’re ready to get back into the swing, think about these three things to make the best elbow brace choice.

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A compression sleeve that provides pain-relieving pressure along the entire arm works better for some people compared to a smaller brace situated directly over the pain. These easy-to-use devices pull over the forearm, elbow, and lower bicep to compress muscles and soft tissue and add light support during movement. They can help minimize some joint movement, and keep you aware of tender joints so you don’t overdo it in the garden or on the tennis court.

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Many elbow braces include a gel-filled pad that presses directly on the elbow tendons below the elbow. This blunts and dissipates the stress from squeezing hard on racket and club handles and can provide short-term relief from pain. You can tailor these compression pads to your comfort level, and they aren’t as visually intrusive as a full compression sleeve.

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Some joint sufferers claim that copper-infused sleeves and compression devices give added relief to joint pain. The FDA doesn’t regulate devices infused with copper, but that hasn’t prevented legions of fans from attesting to feeling better while wearing copper.