Tennis Elbow Hurts - Part II (but I want to play tennis)

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I finally "bit the bullet" and saw the local orthopedic specialist about my tennis elbow.  By the time I saw the Doc my tennis elbow was so bad I couldn't play tennis let alone turn a door knob without pain. I should have seen him weeks ago, but like most guys I put it off as long as I could and suffered the consequences. The doctor gave me a cortisone (steroid) shot in the elbow and told me to take 2 Aleve (anti-inflammatory) pills twice per day. This is the standard medical treatment for tennis elbow and it has worked for me in the past. The good news is that tennis was now an option for me if I used a tennis elbow brace. A  properly fitting tennis elbow brace will reduce most of the pain and will prevent further damage. There are several tennis elbow braces on the market. I will highlight a few of the most popular.

The Aircast pneumatic tennis elbow armband is my personal favorite. It uses a single preinflated air cell to concentrate compression on extensor muscle for more support and less constriction. This is a very durable brace and will last for years. I even keep an extra in my workshop for when hammers or power tools are used.

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The Band It tennis elbow brace was designed by world renowned orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist, Donald Fareed, M.D. It focuses compression on the extensor muscle like the Aircast, but it uses a plastic insert on an adjustable strap. A friend of mine has used this tennis elbow brace effectively for several years.

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The top elbow brace on the market is the Bauerfeind EpiTrain elbow support. This is a unique knitted elbow support that incorporates two anatomically contoured silcone inserts. These silicone inserts leave the elbow bones pressure free and provides an intermittent compression to the soft tissue of the joint which leads to increased circulation.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="132"]bauerfeind tennis elbow strap EpiTrain Elbow Support[/caption]   In the next blog I'll go over the exercises and stretches that will help strengthen the joint and help prevent any future problems. About the Author: Bruce is the president of Return2Fitness, an online sports medical resource and product center. His "entrepreneurial spirit" has resulted in the founding or acquisition of 20 companies during his 39 year career. Bruce is not a medical professional so please consult your local specialist before making any changes in the treatment of any injury or condition. Thanks for reading my post! For more information connect with me: Return2FitnessEmailLinkedInFacebookSquidoo

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