Össur Elbow Supports
Who could need elbow supports?
You may have seen the use of an elbow support in all walks of life, from those carrying out everyday tasks to those undertaking sports. Sports braces have featured more in the public eye in recent years, now worn openly by professionals during rehabilitation and when undertaking their chosen sport for additional protection and allowing them to remain active for longer.
An elbow band is typically used to manage one of two conditions in that of golfer’s elbow and tennis elbow. The band sits just beneath the elbow joint to help manage the condition and not to be confused with an elbow support which offers compression across the entire elbow region and used to help manage bruising and other complaints.
Know clinically as medial epicondylitis, pain is centred on the inside of the elbow joint and originates as a result of overuse of the tendons and muscles within the forearm. The condition can result in inflammation of the region which can limit an individual’s movement of the forearm making golf increasingly difficult.
Whilst the condition itself is typically self-limiting a golfer’s elbow band can be used to help manage the condition. The elbow band works to manage any inflammation encountered which can help reduce pain and enhance the level of activity of the individual. It sits just beneath the elbow joint at the source of the pain and applies compression which can be manually adjusted depending on personal preference.
Tennis elbow is known clinically as lateral epicondylitis and is very similar to that of golfer’s elbow, though in this condition the pain is centred around the outside of the elbow joint. Despite the name suggesting otherwise the condition is rarely attributed to tennis but can occur from any repetitive task from painting to playing the violin.
The condition is also self-limiting with only extreme cases requiring surgery to remedy the issue, whilst the vast majority simply require rest. A tennis elbow support can also be used to help manage the condition, offering compression to the affected area to help manage inflammation and improve mobility of the forearm.
It is worth noting that a golfer’s elbow band and a tennis elbow support are effectively the same product and you should not be confused by their naming convention. If you are suffering from either condition then what you need to seek out is an elbow band offering adjustable compression as it can be twisted to focus on the inside or outside of the joint depending on the condition you are currently suffering from.
We have all experienced a painful elbow, as a result of a fall or knocking our arm which can result in bruising, inflammation and reduced mobility of the elbow joint. Following this time of impact injury it is important to adopt the RICE principles in Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation in order to minimise the risk of further injury and give your body the best chance of a speedy recovery.
An elbow support can be used during your recovery to offer compression to the affected area and reduce swelling which in turn can enhance your mobility.
Which support should I buy?
As there are numerous options on the market it is essential to obtain a professional diagnosis in the first instance so that you are able to select the brace which will offer the greatest set of benefits for the condition you wish to manage.
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