Tennis is one of those sports that fit into the category of good for the body and the mind. You have to have the mental game to go along with your physical attributes. While the mind can stay sharp for many years, as any athlete will tell you, the first thing that usually goes is your ability to move around freely. Depending on your occupation and genetic traits, your back might be the first part of your body that will tell you that you’re getting older. But for tennis players, their knees and more often than not, their elbows, will give out over time. Tennis elbow usually occurs between the ages of 30 and 50. If your loved ones experience tennis elbow, here are things you need to be aware of.
Lateral epicondylitis, otherwise known as tennis elbow a painful condition of the elbow caused by overuse. While playing tennis or other racquet sports can cause this condition, other sports and activities that require repetitive motion such as golfing, rowing and even gardening are also culprits to tennis elbow. If you’re a carpenter, painter or plumber, you might also be experiencing the tenderness; pain or burning sensation on the outer side of the elbow, which is one of the symptoms of tennis elbow. Weak grip strength is another common symptom of tennis elbow.
Tennis elbow occurs when tendons that join the forearm muscles on the outer elbow become inflamed due to damage from overuse. The extensor carpi radialis brevis (ECRB) muscle acts as a stabilizing force for the wrist when the elbow is straight. Microscopic tears form in the tendon as the ECRB is weakened leading to inflammation and pain. Because the ECRB bends and straightens as the arm makes a motion, it runs a higher risk of gradually wearing down of the muscle over time.
The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons recommends several forms of surgical procedures to relieve tennis elbow pain such as open surgery and arthroscopic surgery. However, approximately 80% to 95% of patients have success with nonsurgical treatment. Proper rest is the first step towards a recovery and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines such as aspirin or ibuprofen can reduce pain and swelling. But if you would like to prevent the re-occurrence of tennis elbow and support the ECRB and other muscles you need to apply a form of counterforce in the form of a brace or a wrap.
The Elbow Sleeve (Single Elbow Brace) made from breathable, non-restrictive camel hair provides warmth for your elbows with the added benefit of therapeutic support enhancing joint & muscle movement. Sold individually but can be worn in pairs, this natural therapeutic aid provides joint pain relief and all day comfort. Its seamless knitting contours to your elbow, providing an optimal fit. And because it’s made from 90% camel de-haired fully combed virgin yarn that doesn’t use artificial dyes, you’re less prone to allergic reactions and you get all the warmth you need without the bulkiness. It’s important to note that no animals are harmed during the production of Camel Hug’s Wellness Wear as hair fibers are collected through cruelty-free and sustainable methods. Camels naturally shed their hair annually every spring during a 6-8 week moulting season where it is combed and then collected.
The benefit of using an elbow sleeve is that it’s easy to put on and take off on your own, it requires no preparation before use and you don’t have to stretch into a weird position to get it on. For instance if you are going to tape your elbow you’ll have to remove any hair (it doesn’t tickle when hair gets stuck to the tape), clean your skin cover up any cuts or scabs before taping begins. Then you’ll have to make sure that whoever is taping you is at the right height. The athletic tape must be adhered to a dry and clean area of the body at body temperature to get the best results. When it comes time to remove tape you must use special tape scissors. Now those are a lot of rules just to support your arm.
That’s why we believe that the Elbow Compression Sleeve is the right fit for your tennis elbow. Not only is it easy to put on but it’s completely reusable. Next time his tennis elbow acts up give him a Camel Hug Elbow Compression Sleeve.