An elbow support is a device that reduces pain of small elbow injuries, specially designed golf or tennis elbow. These elbow supports are also suggested for pain in the wrist, hand, and forearm. Most supports wrap around the elbow and they are mostly attached with materials like Velcro. Supports provide stability and restrict the movement of joints. Sometimes, the outer material provided on the joints are little stretchy and are have soft linen, thus provides great comfort.
The supports are worn during daily activities to provide extra elbow joint support. Sometimes, these supports are worn around the arm and these provide compression on nerves near the elbow joint. The support worn around arm is slightly two inches wider or narrower than the normal support. Most people find this support is very useful to treat conditions such as carpal tunnel that affects lower arm. To get more stability, there are elbow braces that contain metal or any hard materials that prevent elbow from moving. Most braces are available in medical stores and some specific types are prescribed by doctors.
The tennis elbow support is a band or strap that is worn on forearm to reduce tendon strain. The strap put some pressure on the strain point so that the tendon recovers. This support is available in different sizes, shapes, and materials. There are different ranges of tennis support from single to double straps. Some of the supports have gel cushions that fit in between tendon and strap, and provide more comfort. Some manufacturers provide magnetic pads and they claim that this type provide more healing properties.
The elbow strap should be chosen with correct fit, some straps fit with all sizes, and some are available in different widths. The chosen support should be easily cleanable and breathable. It is better to consult with a physician before choosing the straps as they will help in choosing the right strap that fits the underlying situation. The most popular types of straps are neoprene elbow support, magnetic support, silopads, are pneumatic armbands.
Straps are provided with shock absorbing elements that protect the arms from vibration while doing physical activities. The magnetic strap types are very effective for strains, sprains, and inflammation in backs, knees, and elbows. Care should be taken while wearing the padded or basic supports, otherwise the pain gets aggravated. One should remember that neoprene support may cause allergies or latex sensitivity in some person.