FAQ: Elbow Strap

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Elbow Strap

Frequently asked questions

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Tendonitis (AKA tendinitis) is a condition in which the tissue connecting muscle to bone becomes inflamed.  If you cannot avoid the things that increase the pain or swelling, many people have found relief by wearing our tennis elbow brace (elbow strap).

No, the Elbow Strap fits left or right.

Bullseye Elbow Strap shown for tennis elbow vs. golfer's elbow
The circular silicone ring should be placed about 1 inch below the area of discomfort.

A counterforce brace (or strap) is often used as another name for a tennis elbow brace, like the Bullseye Elbow Strap.

Hand wash in mild detergent, and air dry flat.

Wear your brace during daily activities that involve using your affected arm. Over time, you may only need to wear it while playing sports or performing tasks that aggravate your symptoms. Do not wear it while you sleep as it could negatively affect your circulation.

With the proper rest, most recoveries occur within 6-12 weeks.

Using a soft tape, measure the circumference around the widest part of the forearm, just below the elbow. No need to tense your muscles. Alternatively, you can wrap a string around your arm, marking the circumference on the string, and measure with a ruler.

  • XS: 6-9in (15-23cm)
  • S/M: 9-12 in (23-30 cm)
  • L/XL: 12–17 in (30-43 cm)

This is a matter of preference, but in our experience, you should go with the smaller size.

For Tennis Elbow (lateral epicondylitis), the plastic D-ring should be on the outside of your forearm.  For Golfer’s Elbow (medial epicondylitis), the plastic D-ring should be out the inside of your forearm.

Counterforce braces are designed specifically for epicondylitis so they can be more minimal, offering superior comfort, range of motion, ease of adjustment, and simple sizing while still functioning effectively. Sleeves have the advantage of providing general support through compression to the elbow joint area. However, sleeves can be bulky, uncomfortably hot in the summer, and more challenging to properly size.

55% silicone, 30% polyester, 15% nylon

The strap should be snug but not overtight. When donning the Elbow Strap, clinch your fist before fastening the strap. This technique should prevent overtightening. If you have any tingling, numbness, or discoloration in your hand or arm, loosen the strap and retighten with less force. If the strap causes any pain, discontinue use.

ECRB stands for “extensor carpi radialis brevis” and is part of a group of seven superficial extensor muscles of the forearm. The ECRB is commonly involved in lateral epicondylitis (AKA tennis elbow).

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