Even small joints cause big pain.
Wrist, elbow, ankle, and boot bracing is frequently used after injuries or as a means of injury prevention. They work by restricting motion, providing support, and maintaining stability in the affected area. When used in conjunction with physical therapy, the stability provided by these braces allow the joints to prevent further injury and encourage healing and recovery.
Cubital Tunnel Elbow Brace
Cubital Tunnel Syndrome is the name given to a condition where the ulnar nerve that travels down the arm becomes irritated by being compressed or stretched. Symptoms of cubital tunnel syndrome include pain, swelling, tingling or numbness in the ring and little fingers, and weakness of the hand. Bending the elbow exacerbates the symptoms, and people who sleep with their elbows bent or their arms up by their head can find that the problem persists or worsens. Wearing a brace that restricts movement of the elbow while the nerve heals can be extremely beneficial. For severe cases, the brace can initially be worn at all times, and as painful symptoms lessen, just at night. Please follow your medical practitioner’s advice on when to use the brace. The purpose of the brace is to prevent full extension and flexion (stretching and bending) of the elbow so as to decrease irritation of the nerve and allow it to heal, thereby reducing pain. It is, however, desirable to allow for some movement of the elbow during the night.
Many people with carpal tunnel syndrome wear a splint at night for a few weeks to relieve mild to moderate symptoms. The splint can hold the joint in a neutral position. The symptoms are worse at night because during sleep your hand is more likely to be bent to the side. A splint can prevent this from happening. It is also important to use regular motions when moving the joint during the day to keep it from tensing up and the muscles from weakening. Studies suggest that wearing a splint can provide relief from symptoms within a few weeks.
Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow) Brace
The symptoms of tennis elbow develop gradually. In most cases, the pain begins as mild and slowly worsens over weeks and months. There is usually no specific injury associated with the start of symptoms. Common signs and symptoms of tennis elbow include: pain or burning on the outer part of your elbow, weak grip strength. Using a brace centered over the back of your forearm may also help relieve symptoms of tennis elbow. This can reduce symptoms by resting the muscles and tendons.