How Compression Arm and Elbow Sleeves Help in Tendonitis

Today’s blog is going to examine how compression arm and elbow sleeves help in tendonitis.

What is Tendonitis?

Tendonitis is a common condition, which causes an inflammation of the tendon, the fibrous cord that connects bone to muscles. It mainly appears in the knees, writs, heels, elbow and shoulders; however, it can happen anywhere in the body.

Sometimes tendinitis can last only a couple of days, but in other cases it can become a chronic condition leading to near continues pain or discomfort. It can also limit the range of movement and/or flexibility.

  • The causes of tendinitis include:
  • Repetitive movements
  • High force movements o the tendon or muscles
  • Excessive muscle stretching
  • Rapid/jerky movements
  • Prolonged awkward positions or postures
  • Reduction of muscles strength that increases stress on the tendons
  • Not enough rest after an injury, or resuming exercise before muscles and tendons are completely healed or recovered

Symptoms of Tendinitis

The symptoms of tendinitis include:

  • Can start as a “nagging” pain that can be dull or sharp, radiate up and down the affected limb, burning or achiness
  • Constant pain, with pain and stiffness increasing over time
  • Pain that is aggravated when engaging in full range of motion of resistance
  • Pain that is specific to certain actions and/or positions. This can include things such as difficulty holding a weight with the arm straight out (tennis elbow).
  • Inflammation
  • Redness / warmth at the site of the pain

Relief from Tendinitis

If the symptoms are mild you can use rest, ice, compression and elevation to alleviate the pain and swelling. If the symptoms are more severe, it is advised that you consult a medical professional.

How Compression Arm and Elbow Sleeves Help in Tendinitis

As we stated, compression can help alleviate the milder symptoms of tendinitis, but how does it do this? Compression increases blood flow, both during workouts/activities and during rest/recovery, increase oxygen and nutrient levels. This will increase recovery rates as it also decreases muscle soreness. Compression can also help stabilize the muscles, including reducing muscle vibration, which can affect tendons.

While compression gear will not actually heal tendinitis, it can help with the symptoms. Also wearing compression gear can help prevent tendinitis  by improving blood flow and stabilizing muscles to prevent stress and strain, as well as reducing swelling. This is especially important in sports that can be especially prone to tendinitis such as weightlifting, tennis and others that require repetitive motion or stress on the muscles/tendons.

Also, the recovery benefits of compression can help prevent tendinitis and other similar conditions. Wearing compression after a workout can keep the blood flowing as well as eliminating substances such as lactic acid that cause soreness.

If you want more information about how compression arm and elbow sleeves help in tendonitis, or just more information about compression gear in general, we invite you to talk to one of our team at ZeroPoint Compression. We can help you find the best gear that can help either prevent or alleviate the symptoms of tendinitis.