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Elbow injuries can be painful and debilitating which is why finding the right elbow supports is essential in being able to effectively manage your injury. All of our elbow supports are NHS recommended.
We offer an extensive range of bracing including elbow supports but if you have any questions you can get in touch via webchat or by phone and we’d be happy to help.
An elbow support is designed to help manage the symptoms of conditions such as tennis elbow, golfers elbows and inflammation from overuse or impact injuries. They work by applying compression to the affected area, whether in the form of a band which applies pressure to a specific area or through a sleeve which offers compression over a greater surface area.
The arm is in use across almost all forms of sport and exercise. You need to bend your elbow and swing your arms to aid in propulsion during walking and running. The arm muscles work hard to bend the elbow and produce the movement required to bowl a cricket ball, swing a racquet or throw a dart. Overuse of the muscles and tendons of the joint can lead to injury and pain. The use of elbow braces in the application of compression is a common tool to aid in a person’s rehabilitation.
Injuries can happen as a result of impact i.e. a fall or through overuse. Following impact damage you will typically experience swelling of the joint and surrounding area which can impair mobility, in more severe cases broken bones may be the end result. Swelling following a fall is largely self-limiting and some rest and ice to manage the inflammation will do the job, though to enhance mobility and offer proprioceptive benefits many opt to wear an elbow sleeve.
For more information visit our elbow injuries section.
It’s a good question as you can be met with loads of different products which all look very similar but could in fact be designed to manage different conditions, so selecting the right one is important to your ongoing rehabilitation:
Tennis Elbow Support: Can also be referred to as tennis elbow strap or band or clasp and works by applying pressure to the outside of the elbow joint (or lateral epicondyle if you want to be technical). The support or strap can be tightened or loosened depending on how much compression is required. It is this compression which helps to reduce pain and allows you to remain mobile.
Elbow Sleeves: A sleeve or elbow support is designed to offer compression across a greater area i.e. where you have fallen and suffered bruising to the elbow joint and surrounding area. This compression helps to reduce inflammation and with it pain.
Golfers Elbow Support: The condition is similar to that of tennis elbow but instead it is the inside of the elbow (medial epicondyle) which is affected and the root cause of the pain. It’s worth noting here that you can use a tennis elbow support to treat golfers elbow, you simply have to twist the brace round so that the compression is focussed on the right area (or inside area in this case).
If you’re still unsure then contact us and we can help you out.