Learning how to position a tennis elbow splint can aid in a speedier recovery. A tennis elbow injury can be very painful. Tennis elbow is caused by overuse of the elbow. Tennis elbow is basically the inflammation and tearing of certain tendons that are located around the elbow. The only real way to help kill the pain of an injury resulting in Tennis elbow is to leave the afflicted elbow alone. This would mean total rest for that elbow. The problem is, that we use our arms all of the time. Lifting things, opening doors, even driving. Our elbows play a center role in all of those actions. So, how do we aid our elbows in the recovery process if they can't rest in order to mend? You don't have to be Venus Williams or Andre Agassi to get Tennis elbow, but the proper application of a tennis elbow splint can help to heal you all the same. Here's the correct way to apply a tennis elbow splint.
- Positioning. No matter what sort of splint you're using, they are all made specifically for supporting an injured area. In the case of a tennis elbow injury, you'll need to purchase a splint that can wrap securely around your arm and provide direct support for the elbow and its immediate surrounding area. There are splints available with standard padding, to balloon like inserts, or even jelly filled sacks to add comfortable support to your elbow. No matter which one you choose, the positioning is all the same. The cushioning from the supports should surround the inflamed area. There will be either a hole or some sort of cavity that your elbow can rest comfortably in. When you put on your tennis elbow splint make sure the elbow is secure and comfortable within that cavity. Then, it's just a matter of wrapping it up.
- Precautions. Don't wrap the tennis elbow splint too tight. You'll cause more damage to your elbow by cutting off the blood circulation if the splint is wrapped too tightly. The wrap should be firmly in place, but your arm should still be able to breath. You can tell if it's too tight because your hand will start to feel cold. Meaning, that you don't have proper blood flow through your arm. If this is the case, then readjust it. The damaged area needs blood to be able to reach it because the blood plays a part in the healing process.
- Rest. Just because you've got your elbow braced doesn't mean you should plan to climb Everest anytime soon. You shouldn't be putting your elbow through too much work. You can still aggravate the elbow with the brace on. Just try to keep exertion to a minimal. The better you cooperate the faster you'll heal.
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