Armbands for Tennis Elbow – 2 Reasons Not to Wear Them
The short answer is no, especially if you already have a tennis elbow injury.
The longer you wear an armband, the longer your recovery will be and the more your arm will hurt when you take it off.
These devices are not only worn by tennis players but by people who work in construction, play musical instruments and even hairdressers simply because their arm hurts near their elbow joint. Yes the guy who was giving me a haircut the other day had one on!
Even people who just have forearm pain are wearing these silly devices. When you put an armband on for the first time, the first thing you notice is a tightness around your muscles. It is not a relaxing feeling but it gives a sense of support when the muscles are flexed but …
Here are 2 reasons why wearing a tennis elbow armband is not the answer to a complete recovery from tennis elbow:
1. Armbands main and sole purpose is the total immobilization of your affected arm.
The last thing you want is to completely immobilize your arm. You need your normal range of motion and healthy blood supply if you ever want to recover. If not, your arm will actually get stiffer and you won’t be able to straighten your arm at all when the arm band is off. You may feel a sense of “pain relief” but you are not addressing the cause of your injury and are only “feeling” a sense of relief.
2. An arm band does not decrease your inflammation and swelling.
If you want to eliminate your inflammation and swelling, icing your arm is much more effective when it comes to tennis elbow than wearing an armband. While inflammation and swelling is mostly present within the first 2-3 weeks of your injury, your pain can mostly be attributed to the inflammation you are experiencing.
The bottom line is that arm bands have NO effect on reducing your elbow inflammation.
So if these devices are useless in the treatment for tennis elbow, what is the solution and fix?
Click here to learn 5 easy-to-follow techniques that you can do at home that doesn’t require any special exercise equipment or medical gadgets. What’s even better is that you can do these simple and easy moves while sitting in your chair watching TV!