How to Wear Tennis Elbow Pads
The important thing is that it is tight, but not too tight. You don't want it to be too tight or it can cause discoloration, numbness, and tingling in the hand or arm. If this happens, loosen it to find the correct tightness that won't cause the above problem.
Step 1: Measure your arm
In order to choose the right brace, you need to measure your arm first. All shoulder straps have their minimum and maximum range of use.
So take a tape measure in your other hand and wrap it around your arm. To measure, keep your arm straight and measure around your forearm just below your elbow.
You can also wrap the laces around your arms and grab where the laces overlap. You will then use a measuring tape or tape measure to measure from the tip of the lace to the area where you are holding it.
Step 2: Choose Your Stand
There are a variety of braces to choose from, and if you use the general guide above, you should have no trouble finding the right one for you. Just make sure it fits your arm for a long time.
Also, make sure it's durable so you can get multiple uses out of it. Checking out customer reviews can help with this.
Step 3: Correct placement
1.) Support tennis elbow on your forearm until it is an inch below your elbow.
2.) Gently palpate to find the tender point on the forearm
3.) Once you find the sore spot, place a pressure pad on it.
4.) Finally tighten until it is snug but fit.
To avoid irritation, keep the brace away from the elbow crease. Plus, it helps improve your range of motion
There is no perfect tennis elbow brace for everyone. So we're going to give you some specific tips that you can use to find the one that's right for you.
Below are some general guidelines to follow.
material to make it. If you sweat a lot during tennis or other sports, look for machine-washable materials. So you can easily clean and keep it in good condition without much hassle.
The more spandex it has, the less restrictive it will be on your joints, but the less support it will provide.
So you need to find the right balance between support and freedom of movement.
Also, some tennis elbow braces contain latex, so if you're allergic to latex, keep that in mind when viewing.
The next thing to consider is...
Finding the right clothes is essential. If the brace is too tight, it will restrict your movement, but if it is too loose, it will not support or provide the pain relief you want.
So there are two types of tennis elbow braces. Velcro straps and strapless.
The great thing about shoulder straps is that you can adjust them to fit to ease your pain.
The downside is that they tend to wear out quickly.
Non-Velcro Straps - These are usually sleeve-type straps without any straps. So you can't adjust the pressure and fit. You usually see athletes wearing this. When looking for this type of brace, you need to choose one that fits the circumference of your forearm while providing enough pressure to relieve your pain.
Whether you need straps or sleeves depends on your condition.
Each has its advantages and disadvantages. However, if you want maximum mobility, the small shoulder straps are the answer. They don't restrict your movement too much and can even provide the pain relief you need.
They're also a one-size-fits-all size, so you can adjust them to the exact pressure you need, while providing enough mobility.
Now, if you want full elbow support and have severe pain, go for a tennis elbow sleeve. However, it limits the mobility of your elbows. Since it's not one size fits all, you'll want to make sure you find a size that fits the circumference of your forearm.
How Can I Take Care of My Tennis Elbow?
- Rest Your Elbow
- Pain Management
- Over-The-Counter Pain Relievers
- Sports Gear
- Work Tools
Tips For Wearing Your Brace
If you’re not getting the relief you want, check to make sure it fits correctly. If you’re not sure then seek a qualified healthcare provider to help.
Try different style braces.
If you’re not getting the relief try a different type of design to see if that helps.
Also, test it live.
Once you’ve found the brace you think will work the next step is to put it to the test. Wear it on the court while practicing to confirm it works well for you.
Also, try a Compression Sleeve.
Compression Sleeves are similar to tennis elbow braces. Many players who use compression sleeves report better results. Others combine the compression sleeve with the tennis elbow brace enhancing the support and comfort.
So you might consider trying to both at the same time to see if it helps.
There you have it the ultimate guide to tennis bracing. Now a tennis elbow brace doesn't fix the issue. If you'd like to identify the root cause of your pain to hopefully get you back to doing what you love pain-free without a brace. Then use the search box on this page to find a clinic near you.
How long should I use a tennis elbow brace?
It depends on your situation. You may need to wear it for up to 6 weeks. If you want added protection while exercising, then you may only need to wear it during activities.
Do compression sleeves work for tennis elbow?
The compression sleeve works by distributing the force on the elbow and forearm to help reduce pain. It also helps improve blood flow, which is why you see athletes wearing sleeves on their calves, elbows, and ankles. However, you will need to try different braces to find one that works for your situation and goals.
The compression sleeve should be tight enough not to restrict movement. This will help push more blood to the area without cutting off circulation.
Can you wear compression sleeves all day?
Yes! Especially if you have poor circulation or pain. It reduces pain and improves blood flow in the area.