An arm or elbow injury can cause pain and make even small movements difficult. Fortunately, you can take steps to stay active while you heal with the right arm brace or elbow brace. CVS has a huge selection of arm and elbow braces available for you to choose from. You can shop online and have the best ankle or elbow brace for your needs shipped to your door.
In some cases, it is necessary to completely immobilize an arm during the healing process. Slings are often used for this purpose. A sling is a piece of fabric or foam attached to a strap. The strap is worn over your opposite shoulder so that the sling cradles your bent arm. Elevating slings hold the affected arm at an angle to reduce swelling. Foam padding may line the sling for added comfort.
When an injury does not require complete immobilization, your medical provider may recommend an elbow or arm support brace. This type of brace is used to help reduce the amount of side-to-side motion without completely preventing you from using your elbow or wrist. There are many different types of arm and elbow support braces available. Some simply fit over the arm or elbow like a sleeve while others are secured with hook-and-loop fasteners.
Tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis is a condition that occurs when the muscles and the tendons around the elbow joint become inflamed due to overuse. The problem is common among tennis players, but can also effect art workers, cooks and other people who perform repetitive arm movements on a regular basis. For tennis elbow, physicians may recommend a counter balance brace. This type of brace is worn on the back of the forearm during exercise or work. Once in place, the brace places pressure on the muscles and tendons just below the elbow, helping to reduce strain on the joint while providing support.
To ensure that you select the right elbow brace or arm brace, consult your medical provider before you shop. He or she can give you tips on how to select an elbow or arm brace and provide you with instructions on when and how to use the brace. Keep in mind that some arm braces and elbow braces come in different sizes. Measuring yourself before you shop can help you quickly find a brace that will fit you well.