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HOW TO TREAT YOUR TENNIS ELBOW INJURY

Tennis is one of the world’s most popular sports, both to watch professionally, and as a recreational activity. But tennis involves high-impact movements and high-intensity bursts of energy.

This is both what makes the sport so enjoyable, and contributes to a variety of injuries across the body. While sprained ankles are common, the most frequent tennis injury is related to the elbow.

Intense movements and strong force, especially when serving, put a lot of strain on your elbow and can lead to tennis elbow, which is similar to what pitchers deal with often in baseball.

WHAT IS TENNIS ELBOW

Also known as lateral epicondylitis, tennis elbow is caused by overloading the tendons in your elbow. This can be exceptionally painful and tennis, as well as a host of other daily activities, are not recommended while recovering.

In fact, even the simplest tasks like holding a cup or turning a doorknob can cause the pain to worsen and radiate outward from your elbow and can even spread to your wrist or forearm if not properly treated and rested. 

Lateral Epicondylitis, or Tennis Elbow, is a painful condition in which the forearm muscles and tendons become damaged from overuse (from repeating the same motions again and again). As a result, this causes inflammation and, in many cases, micro-tearing of the tendons that join the forearm muscles. This leads to immense pain and tenderness on the outside of the elbow. The forearm muscles and tendons become damaged from overuse — repeating the same motions again and again. This leads to pain and tenderness on the outside of the elbow.

Recent studies show that tennis elbow is often a result of damage to a specific forearm muscle - The extensor carpi radialis brevis (ECRB). This muscle helps stabilize the wrist when the elbow is straight - like, for example, during a tennis groundstroke. When the ECRB is weakened from overuse, microscopic tears form in the tendon where it attaches to the lateral epicondyle. This leads to inflammation and pain.

The ECRB may also be at increased risk of damage because of its vulnerable position. As the elbow bends and straightens, the muscle rubs against bony bumps. This can cause gradual wear and tear of the muscle over time, making the elbow very weak and fragile, and making frequent numbing pain virtually inevitable.

HOW TO TREAT TENNIS ELBOW

The best way to manage pain and inflammation from Tennis Elbow is combining ice and compression. Icing (10-15min) contracts the blood vessels, slowing down circulation and ceasing metabolic activity, thus subsiding inflammation and abating pain. As the muscle warms back up, blood vessels open wider than before increasing the circulation and metabolic activity to quickly heal the injured area.

Compression's main function is to engage a lymphatic flush. A lymphatic flush aids the body when it can’t rid itself of cellular waste during the healing process, inflaming the tissue and causing pain. If you can’t get that waste out of your body, you can’t recover. Combining cryotherapy and compression therapy into one product expedites this recovery process.

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The best way to manage pain and inflammation from Tennis Elbow is combining ice and compression. Icing (10-15min) contracts the blood vessels, slowing down circulation and ceasing metabolic activity, thus subsiding inflammation and abating pain. As the muscle warms back up, blood vessels open wider than before increasing the circulation and metabolic activity to quickly heal the injured area.

Compression's main function is to engage a lymphatic flush. A lymphatic flush aids the body when it can’t rid itself of cellular waste during the healing process, inflaming the tissue and causing pain. If you can’t get that waste out of your body, you can’t recover. Combining cryotherapy and compression therapy into one product expedites this recovery process.

Cryosleeve Vs. Tennis Elbow

The Cryosleeve's ice cold compression combats Tennis Elbow using a combination of cryotherapy and custom adjustable compression. The Cryosleeve 360° icing design cools the entire lower bicep, elbow, and upper forearm, recouping the tennis elbow problem areas. The BOA dials are strategically placed above and below the elbow to give 360° compression plus stability to the joint and surrounding area limiting muscle vibration, speeding up recovery time.

How To Treat Tennis Elbow With The Cryosleeve:

  • Take the Cryosleeve out of the freezer.
  • Slip the Cryosleeve on your arm to the base of the bicep.
  • Press down and twist on the BOA Dials.
  • For more compression twist, the BOA dials more, for less compression twist less.
  • Leave on the arm for 10-15min.
  • Release compression by pulling up on the BOA Dials.
  • Place back in the freezer until next use.
  • Repeat the following steps at least once a day.
Recoup Fitness Arm Cryosleeve + BOA® Fit System
Recoup Fitness Arm Cryosleeve + BOA® Fit System
Recoup Fitness Arm Cryosleeve + BOA® Fit System
Recoup Fitness Arm Cryosleeve + BOA® Fit System
Recoup Fitness Arm Cryosleeve + BOA® Fit System
Recoup Fitness Arm Cryosleeve + BOA® Fit System
Recoup Fitness Arm Cryosleeve + BOA® Fit System
$ 69.99

The Recoup Cryosleeve feat. BOA® Fit System redefines cold therapy and recovery by combining 360° cooling and customized compression into an innovative single-unit sleeve. After placing the Cryosleeve in the freezer, simply slide over bicep/tricep, elbow, or lower arm. Push to engage and turn to tighten the BOA dial for microadjustability, keeping the compression steady and the sleeve in place while you move.

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How to Prevent Tennis Elbow

The easiest way to avoid elbow injuries is to rest adequately after a workout or match. Proper rest is key to recovery, and even if you feel slight discomfort, ice or heat compression can help alleviate the pain.

Proper form is also essential. While tennis elbow is an overuse injury, bad form when playing can increase the likelihood of elbow injuries. This isn’t unique to tennis though.

For example, baseball players of all positions often injury their elbow due to overuse, inefficient rest, and bad throwing form.

Tennis and other sports are not the only causes of this injury, however. Jobs like carpentry can cause pain and swelling in the elbow the same way as tennis would, and even hobbies like painting or typing on a computer can cause an injury.

Regardless of what type of strenuous activities you partake in, rest is essential to preventing a major injury. 

HOW TO RECOUP TENNIS ELBOW: THE R.I.C.E. METHOD

Relieve pain and swelling and promote healing and flexibility with RICE—Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.Rest.

Rest and protect the injured or sore area. Stop, change, or take a break from any activity that may be causing your pain or soreness.

Ice. Cold will reduce pain and swelling. Use your Cryosleeve right away to prevent or minimize swelling. Treat the affected area for 10-20 minutes, 3 or more times a day.

Compression. Tighten your Cryosleeve using the BOA® Fit System dials to help decrease swelling. Adjust to your comfort level; too tight can cause more swelling below the affected area.

Elevation. Elevate the injured or sore area on pillows while applying cold treatment and anytime you are sitting or lying down.

Excellent product, great quality

"This is the second cryosleeve I've purchased and I haven't been disappointed yet. The cryosleeves are well made and are durable. The fit is also perfect because you have the ability to adjust it to your exact body dimensions and they stay firmly in place. They stay nice and cold for more than an hour and are comfortable to wear. I highly recommend the Cryosleeve."

~Patrick H.

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"I have a family of four, that are very active in Martial Arts, Weight training, Cross training, Running, Sports, Hiking, and various outdoor activities, Recoup cryo products have become an absolute necessity in my home. It's truly an awesome product. Great for recovery, so much more convenient than a bag of ice or those other products that make you fill up a polyurethane bag with ice, then wrap it with a velcro sleeve. I love the BOA compression system, you're getting cryotherapy & compression at the same time. This product is made with supreme materials that feel great and will last a long time. I own an arm and leg sleeve, and am very excited about the soon to come ankle sleeve, very innovative. I highly recommend Recoup's cryosleeves to anyone that lives an active life and takes recovery seriously."

~Stacey F.