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How do I Choose the Best Elbow Brace?

Elbow-Forearm Pain

A forearm injury not only causes discomfort and pain, but it can also impact an individual’s mobility. Treating these problems with a proper forearm brace is very important. How effective a forearm brace will be usually depends on the nature of the injury. Other details, such as arm movement capability and pain control, should also be considered when choosing the proper forearm brace. When an injury happens to the forearm, whether it is from a sudden accident or another longer term wear and tear condition, many medical professionals will recommend a forearm brace. A brace is made of either hard or soft material and usually fits over the portion of the arm between the hand and the elbow, but in some cases it may cover the elbow and maybe the entire arm. The best type of forearm brace normally depends on the extent and nature of the injury.

tennis elbow

In some tendon or muscle inflammatory conditions, such as tennis elbow, an individual may want to maintain the ability to move the arm in a reasonable way. Physical movement may help to increase the blood flow to the injured areas and help the tissue heal. In this case, a compression brace may give the best type of forearm support. These braces are normally sleeves that wrap around the arm and offer protection for the connective tissues and muscles. They can help reduce swelling as well, by blocking and pressurizing fluid buildup in the area. The brace is usually made of soft, pliable materials and it covers less of the arm so its movement is not restricted.

SIMIEN Tennis Elbow Brace

SIMIEN Tennis Elbow Brace

Get Some Relief For Your Tennis Elbow Pain!

The best elbow brace/forearm band on the market that helps with:

Tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, computer or mouse elbow, rower’s or rowing elbow, fishing elbow, pool or billiard elbow, luggage elbow, hammer elbow, weightlifting elbow.

Repetitive stress motion injuries like lateral epicondylitis, elbow tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome or arthritis.

Amazing armband for Crossfit, weightlifters, basketball, badminton, squash and racquetball players.

Pain relief for elbow hyperextension. Can also be used for construction workers who engage in repetitive arm motions.

Elbow pain

Other injuries, like sprains or broken bones, may need forearm immobilization. These types of injuries may require arm movements to be restricted to prevent further damage and to encourage healing. Hinged braces which connect and cover the upper arm to the lower arm may be more therapeutic in these cases. Different degrees of braces focus on different movement restrictions and injuries. For example, a hyperextension brace prevents the elbow joint from bending in the wrong direction and causing more injury. An overload forearm brace stops the harmful force caused by motions that certain athletes may go through, such as throwing. Maximum immobilization is accomplished through the forearm splint. It is a tough, mostly inflexible device that extends up the wrist and is commonly made of plastic, elastics or fiberglass.

Orthomen ROM Elbow Brace

Orthomen ROM Elbow Brace


Post-operative immobilization or ROM control for the elbow

Conservative treatment of elbow dislocation or luxation  

Stable or internally fixed fractures of the distal humerus or proximal radius or ulna

Different forearm brace models contain added materials that may be beneficial. Many are made of thin material and have easy to apply Velcro straps for a convenient use. Also, forearm braces can hold adjustable magnets or air to provide an extra means to reduce pain and add elbow support. Other temperature controlled features and gel packs can also help with pain. As with any medical problem, all potential treatments should be discussed with a medical professional.

1 comment

Jul 21, 2018

Can a tennis elbow strap also be used to support a sprained wrist? It seems the only difference is “where” the strap is worn – elbow or wrist? The straps look the same, made out of same material, and worn in the same manner?

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