Best products for Tennis Elbow
Tennis elbow supports along with a range of other products all help when treating chronic lateral epicondyltis.
Tennis elbow is the common name given to pain on the outside of the elbow. It is also known as Lateral epicondylitis or more accurately lateral elbow tendinopathy. There many products available to help treat this stubborn injury. But what are the best products for Tennis elbow?
Tennis elbow supports
Tennis elbow supports or Tennis elbow straps are some of the best products for Tennis elbow. They works by applying pressure around the forearm, just below the elbow. Most have a pad which applies more pressure directly over the affected tendon. As a result the forces transmit through the tendon differently, reducing the stress on the tendon and allowing it to heal.
The Air Tennis Elbow Support has an air sack applying direct pressure and the Advanced Ultimate Compression Elbow Support has a silicon pad. Both are excellent for relieving the symptoms of Tennis elbow.
Class 1 medical devices
All Ultimate Performance elbow supports are classified as Class 1 Medical Devices. This means the are registered with the Medical & Healthcare products Regulation Agency (MHRA). This means they have met strict criteria, been thoroughly tested, with evidence based research to prove they are safe and effective.
Hot & cold therapy
In addition to wearing a Tennis elbow brace, apply ice or cold therapy to reduce acute and inflammation. It is important not to apply ice directly to the skin as it may cause ice burns.
The Medium Hot/Cold Wrap is ideal as it applies both cold therapy and compression. The reusable gel packs can be kept in the freezer ready to be used. Apply cold for approximately 10 minutes every two hours until symptoms reduce.
The reusable ice bag is great if you have access to ice. Simply fill with ice and apply.
Later in the rehabilitation process, or if you have a long term chronic injury then heat may be more beneficial. The gel packs are also used to apply heat. Once you start to exercise again then the rule is heat before training and cold after.
Cold therapy gel is great product for Tennis elbow because it reduces pain and inflammation, especially from tendon injuries such as Tennis elbow. It is not a substitute for applying cold packs but is ideal when used in conjunction with, or if you are at work for example and do not have access to ice or cold therapy. It is convenient to apply thoughout the day along with wearing a Tennis elbow strap.