Elbow Strap – What is the Best Tennis Elbow Brace or Support?

What is the Best Tennis Elbow Brace / Tennis Elbow Strap / Tennis Elbow Support?

An Elbow Strap and an Elbow Support comes in all shapes and sizes

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As you can clearly see from the pictures of an Elbow Strap that I randomly selected from google images an Elbow Brace does indeed come in all shapes and sizes.
They vary from a tennis elbow band that is held in place by velcro fasteners through to full elbow sleeve support.

How Does an Elbow Strap Work?

An elbow strap works by providing pressure over the upper portion of the muscles attached to the lateral epicondyle. This pressure alters the angle at which the muscle tendon attaches to the lateral epicondyle. Just look at the subtle difference in the 2 pictures below. There is also a compression effect on the belly of the muscles which affects the tension developed by the muscle.

Different Types of Tennis Elbow Bands

Epitrain Elbow Support

This Knitted elbow support incorporates two anatomically-contoured silicone inserts surrounding the medical and lateral epicondyles and lying over the flexor and extensor muscles.
These insets leave the epicondyle pressure-free and provide an intermittent compression to the soft tissue of the joint, leading to increased circulation thus aiding in the resorption of swelling and oedema.

Promotes proprioception, thus heightening sensory awareness of the elbow for increased joint stabilization. The anatomical knit carries controlled compression graduated at the edges to prevent constriction of circulation.

It’s lightweight, breathable, will not retain heat and is completely machine washable.

Epicondylitis Clasp, Tennis Elbow Strap

This type of Elbow Strap has a “C-shaped” plastic part which goes round the back of the arm is reduces the squeezing effect on the forearm.
Epicondylitis Clasp, improves circulation.Absorbent, wool felt support can be used to treat medial or lateral epicondylitis. Sturdy elastic strap offers a snug fit. Small, unobtrusive size will not impair circulation. Wash with wool-cleaning products.

Aircast Tennis Elbow Armband

Some elbow bands are fitted with a piece that increases the pressure over the muscle belly. This piece is like a small pillow – this one uses an air cell.
Aircast Tennis Elbow Armband, Beige – Aircast Tennis Elbow Armband – Pneumatic air cell & non – elastic strap dissipate the impact load through the extensor & flexor muscles of the forearm, reducing the impact stress concentration at the bone/tendon junction of the epicondyle. Latex free.

BioSkin Premium Bracing: Tennis Elbow Skin

The Tennis Elbow Skin provides full elbow coverage and includes a silicon pad and an elastic strap that may be positioned to provide extra compression and pain relief from lateral and medial Epicondylitis. Constructed from BioSkin’s patented Ultra-Thin & breathable, Ultima material to quickly wick moisture away from the skin.
-Contours to forearm shape :Easily positioned :Silicone pad fits over painful area :Full elbow coverage
-Constructed with BioSkin’s Ultra-Thin & Ultra-Strong Ultima material
-Hypo-allergenic: Latex Free and Neoprene Free

Imak Elbow Support

Some of these have an Elbow Strap attached to the lower portion which works as described above.

Grafco Tennis Elbow Splint

Another type of Elbow Strap actually consists of 2 bands with a spacer between.
The lower strap supports extensors that are deeply buried and harder to support near the elbow where tennis elbow straps are usually worn.
This Gafco Tennis Elbow Splint is scientifically developed, patented design orthopedic device relieves and helps prevent the discomfort of tennis elbow.

Tenease Tennis Elbow Pain Relief Vibration Massager

There are several other variations on these themes and now you can get an Elbow Strap which has a vibration device fitted to it.
Tenease Tennis Elbow Pain Relief Vibration Massager. Over seven years in development and research, Tenease uses patented vibration therapy to block pain and potentially reduce the healing time for Tennis Elbow sufferers. Tenease provides instant pain relief and works to increase the blood flow to the tendon allowing the damaged tendon to heal itself. Tenease is the only device specifically developed for Tennis Elbow which is registered with the FDA and the MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Authority). The device is safe, provides instant pain relief, is cost effective and easy to use. Strap on a Tenease, press the button and you’ll receive 10 minutes of treatment providing pain relief for up to four hours. Doctors recommend at least three treatments a day.

PTDial Tennis/Golfer’s Elbow Brace – Elbow Brace

This Brace is adjustable when you wear it!
PTDial Tennis/Golfer’s Elbow Brace – Applies direct perpendicular compression using an ergonomically designed pressure foot. Unique Dial – Adjusted epicondylitis brace. Turn right for protection. Turn left for comfort. Match compression to the task: choose from 8 compression levels. Laminated shockabsorbing strap. One size fits most forearm circumference

Bauerfeind EpiPoint Elbow Strap – Elbow Strap

This Bauerfeind EpiPoint Elbow Strap has an insert which is positioned for tennis, golfer”s elbow & other overuse conditions. The D – ring positions directly over a pivoting viscoelastic compression pad. Red warning section on adjustable band shows when strap is pulled too tightly ensuring a perfect fit. Machine washable.

The Best Tennis Elbow Strap?

I am not going to try and answer this one.

I am leaving it up to you to decide.

I would be interested in feedback about

  • how effective they were in relieving your symptoms
  • how comfortable they were to wear
  • how they lasted – did they fall apart
  • how easy they were to keep clean and odour free
  • anything else that you think is important to share

I invite individuals to submit their review of their Tennis Elbow Supports / Bands / Braces or whatever you choose to call them.
Contact me at and we’ll discuss how to post your review.

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