Golfer’s Elbow Brace
Golfers elbow which is also known and medial epicondylitis is a condition associated with pain on the inner side of your elbow. It is common for this pain to spread to your forearms and wrists. Golfer’s elbow is similar to tennis elbow but on the opposite side of the elbow. It is not limited to golf players though, it is also commonly found in tennis players and in people who repeatedly use their wrist or clench their fingers repeatedly.
If you are consistently experiencing pain when swinging a golf club, pitching a ball, shaking hands, or turning a doorknob you may be suffering from Golfers elbow. The pain associated with this condition is manageable though! With the right rest, treatment and brace you can be back on the course, pain free in no time.
What is Golfer’s Elbow?
Golfers elbow is a condition mainly associated with pain on the inner side of your elbow when your palms are facing forward. The pain is caused from damage to the muscles and tendons that attach to the medial epicondyle of your elbow. The medial epicondyle is the bony bump that is located on the inner side of your elbow and is one area where your forearm is anchored to your elbow. Repetitive stress that comes from activities involving forceful wrist action or gripping is the most common way to injure these muscles and tendons.
- Pain and tenderness on the inner side of the elbow
- Stiffness in your elbow
- Weakness in hands and wrists
- Numbness and tingling in one or more fingers
Common activities that lead to Golfers Elbow
- Racket sports
- Throwing sports
- Weight training
- Painting, raking, hammering
- Computer use
How Can a Golfer’s Elbow Brace Help?
A Golfer’s elbow brace works by applying pressure to the affected muscles and tendons that are causing pain in your elbow. By applying this pressure the brace is able to absorb some of the force that would normally be transmitting down your muscle and into your tendons. Because damage to this area is caused when more force is applied to the healthy tissue then it can absorb, a brace is a great way to help alleviate the joint from excess force.
Types of Golfer’s Elbow Brace
The most common type of brace used for those suffering from Golfer’s elbow is a counterforce brace. This type of brace is generally a simple strap that is worn 1-3 inches below the elbow joint and applys pressure to the affected muscles/tendons. The second type of brace is a full-elbow sleeve that includes a strap that tightens around the forearm. This type of brace relieves the pressure on the muscles/tendons/ as well as provides warmth to the elbow joint. By providing warmth it will increase the vascularity of the joint which will then lead to a quicker recovery and decrease pain and swelling.
Which type of brace you choose is up to your own personal preferences and what is more comfortable to you. Golfers elbow braces can be interchangeable with Tennis elbow braces but need to be positioned so that the pressure is being applied to the inner aspect of your forearm.
On top of using an elbow brace there are a few other things you can do to help alleviate the pain associated with Golfer’s elbow. A good warm-up and proper technique are important to avoid further injury or damage to the muscles and tendons. After exercise make sure to rest, ice and elevate your elbow to speed up recovery.
Here are 4 great Golfer's Elbow Brace
BandIT Therapeutic Forearm Band
The BandIt elbow strap is a great inexpensive support for the average person suffering from Golfer’s elbow. This brace provides moderate pressure placed around your forearm on the inner side and helps absorb forces travelling through your muscles which lead to relieving tension on the tendon. The brace must fit tight in order to maintain pressure but this brace is not tight enough to cut off circulation. It is comfortable enough to not get in the way when playing sports, working, doing household shores and leisure activities. This brace will help reduce pain, prevent injury and help shorten recovery time.
Bracoo Golfer’s Elbow Strap
This brace contains an EVA pad which is made to help reduce muscle inflammation during activities. It will also provide stabilization through tension to help boost performance during sport. The Bracoo brace is a one size fits all brace that has an adjustable wrap design. This allows for a comfortable fit that can be adjusted to any users comfort. This is a great brace for anyone that wants to control pain associated with lower impact activities like writing, computer use, and driving.
Zensah Compression Golfer's Elbow Sleeve
This sleeve is a little different than the typical full sleeve. It contains a cuff on the lower edge that can be folded up to apply additional compression to the muscles and tendons attaching to your elbow. It is a great sleeve to provide warmth and help prevent injuries by stabilizing the elbow joint. The Zensah material is moisture wicking, anti-odur and very comfortable. It allows for a great range of motion while remaining in place to ensure the correct forces are being applied to your elbow.
DashSport Golfer’s Elbow Sleeve
This elbow sleeve is accompanied by a golfer’s elbow/tennis elbow strap making it a great support for people suffering from golfer’s elbow, tennis elbow, tendinitis, muscle soreness and stiffness. If suffering from golfers elbow, make sure that the pressure of the strap is being applied to the inner/medial aspect of your forearm. The sleeve aspect will also provide warmth to the elbow joint to help prevent muscles soreness as well as compression for unstable joints. This brace is adjustable, comfortable and made with strong fasteners to give as much compression as you are looking for.