Best Brace for Golfer’s Elbow
Golfer’s elbow and tennis elbow are two similar conditions that cause pain where tendons attach to the elbow area. Contrary to what the names of these conditions might imply, many people, including those who do not play either of these sports, suffer from these repetitive stress injuries. Learn more about tennis elbow in this post.
The good news is that conservative modes of elbow tendonitis treatment are usually enough to achieve tennis or golfers’ elbow relief. This often involves use of elbow braces for tendonitis like this one from Bort.
This compression brace for elbow tendonitis is composed of 3D grid-structured knitted fabric. This gives the elbow tendonitis brace dual-tension strength. Plus it prevents Bort’s elbow brace for golf and other sports from slipping out of position when swinging a club, throwing a ball or raking the lawn.
The compression the golfers’ elbow wrap applies encourages blood flow to the joint, which eases pain and inflammation and encourages healing.
This particular elbow brace for tendonitis has two silicone pads on either side of the elbow for targeted compression and massage at regular intervals. This stimulates blood flow to areas where the tendons attach to the bone, which is great for treating elbow tendonitis. The massage/compression combination also eases traction on the ends of the tendons.
The tendonitis elbow brace features a lower-pressure zone in the area that covers the bony part of the elbow joint. This makes the golfer elbow brace more comfortable to wear, especially if you are wearing it during activities that involve a lot of arm motion.
The golfers’ elbow splint comes in a wide variety of sizes based on the circumference of the forearm. This means you get a more customized fit. Each sleeve to treat golfers’ elbow will work for either the left or right arm.
This brace for tennis or golf elbow treatment can help with a number of situations where the soft tissues around the elbow joint have been irritated, including both long-term and short-term sources of pain. The brace can even help with post-surgery discomfort.
Tennis Elbow or Golfers’ Elbow Treatment
Golfer’s elbow and tennis elbow are similar conditions that cause pain on the inner (medial) and outer (lateral) part of the elbow joint where one’s tendons attach to the bone. Many people choose to “muscle through” the nagging discomfort, which is foolish.
For one, tennis and golfer elbow treatment is non-invasive and relatively inexpensive. If you ignore this elbow pain and continue with the irritating sport, hobby, etc., the symptoms may intensify and could turn into a long-term (chronic) problem that is much more challenging to treat.
Golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis) and tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) are both forms of tendonitis. Tendonitis is when repetitive motions cause small tears and inflammation to the tendons where they attach to the bone. The resulting pain, swelling and warmth are supposed to deter you from movements that cause such symptoms to flare.
Listening to one’s body and resting the elbow joint is really the only “cure” for golfer's elbow or tennis elbow. There are, however, steps one can take to speed along healing.
Icing the elbow at regular intervals is one of the simplest and best remedies for golfer’s elbow. This can reduce inflammation and ease pain. This tennis elbow strap for cold therapy makes doing so convenient and easy.
Compression is another go-to treatment for golfer’s elbow or tennis elbow for similar reasons. The pressure such arm wraps for tendonitis apply boost blood flow to the region, which can speed the removal of inflammation and accelerate healing.
This particular elbow brace for golfer's elbow or tennis elbow has a leg up over generic wraps or sleeves, thanks to its silicone pads that apply targeted compression and massage to the painful area where the tendons connect to the bone. The tendon insertion points receive less blood flow than the muscles of the body, so this feature is particularly important.
And while in a perfect world you may be able to take a break from activity that involves the elbow joint that simply isn’t possible for some people. Wearing a lateral or medial epicondylitis elbow brace that supports the joint and diverts some of the stress away from the tender area can help.
Massage can also be quite helpful for treating golfers elbow. Recall that this elbow brace has two silicone pads that do just that. Massage for golfers elbow can soften up stiff tissues and increase blood flow to the painful area. Doing so encourages healing, reduces pain and improves muscle function.
And full rest (i.e., immobilization) is not ideal for treatment for golf elbow tendonitis, either. Rest refers to active rest where your avoid irritating activities but still use the arm, preventing it from losing strength and flexibility. This brace’s ability to manage symptoms of elbow tendonitis makes this easier.
There are a number of tennis or golf elbow exercises and stretches you can perform on your own or with the guidance of a physical therapist that can also help cure elbow tendonitis. A physical therapist can also teach you techniques and work on proper form that can help prevent a recurrence of the injury.
And as you make your way back to tennis, golf or whatever activity that was to blame for tendonitis be sure to do so gradually. Playing 36 holes of golf over the weekend may send you straight back to the doctor.
Golfer’s Elbow Brace—Your Questions Answered
- What conditions / injuries does this elbow brace treat? This is a great treatment for long- or short-term tendon inflammation (epicondylitis) of the elbow, including both tennis elbow and golf elbow. It can also be used for other irritations of the elbow joint or after surgery.
- How does it work? The elbow sleeve supports and compresses the joint area, encouraging blood flow. This speeds the removal of inflammation, eases pain and encourages healing. Silicone pads located where one’s tendons attach to the bone intermittently massage these low-blood-flow regions of the arm, further advancing these goals.
- When should I wear it? You should wear it in the weeks following a tennis or golf elbow diagnosis (as directed by a doctor). You might also consider wearing a golfer’s elbow support when doing repetitive activities that cause symptoms to flare.
- What is this splint made of? The knitted, 3D grid-structured fabric of the elbow compression brace prevents it from slipping out of place when one moves. The wrap for golfers elbow also includes two silicone pads on either side of the joint. Note that this sleeve does contain latex.
- Who can wear this splint? Both men and women with forearm circumferences between 7.9 inches and 13.4 inches can wear this golf elbow splint. It works for either the right or left arm.
- How do I put it on? Simply slide the compression sleeve up the arm and adjust its placement so that the lighter gray comfort band is positioned in the crook of your elbow joint. The little knobs on either side of your elbow should be positioned within the cutouts of the silicone pads.
- Other features:
- Strong, dual-tension quality of the fabric means the compression will not “wear out”
- Knitted material of the golf elbow supports conform to your body
- Has a reduced pressure zone over the elbow and at the elbow crease, making it more flexible
- The sleeve is 7.9 inches long
- Color: Black, with gray and white details
- How do I clean it? You can wash the splint by hand using lukewarm water and mild detergent. To dry the elbow support, shape it using your hands and allow it to air dry. You should not use heat or fabric softeners when caring for this product.
|Size||Circumference of Forearm|
|X-Small||8.5" - 9.5"|
|Small||9.5" - 10.25"|
|Medium||10.25" - 11"|
|Large||11" - 11.75"|
|X-Large||11.75" - 12.5"|
|2X-Large||12.5" - 13.5"|
|Measurement point: Circumference forearm, just below elbow joint.|