What is Lateral Epicondylitis ("Tennis Elbow")
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.
Treatment For Tennis Elbow / Lateral Epicondylitis
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.
Recoup Cryosleeve + BOA® | Ice + Adjustable Compression
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 it over your arm, push down on the BOA dials, twisting until your ideal compression level is reached. Release compression by pulling up on the BOA dial and store in the freezer until next use.
- BOA® Fit System – dial into a fast, effortless, precision fit
- 1 Hour of Cold Relief
- Reduce Inflammation 360° Cold Compression Coverage
- 100% Leak Proof
- Can be used directly on skin
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.
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.
Helps so much!
"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 Family
Customizable Fit and Very Cold
"I have a pretty severe case of tennis elbow and just received the Cryosleeve I ordered for use after playing. I have used it a couple of times, and was immediately enthusiastic about the Boa fit system. Getting a close fit with an ace bandage and any type of cooling device, whether it's a bag of ice or a cold pack, has always been nearly impossible, especially since only one hand is available to wrap it. This is really the answer;; it goes on easily with the adjustment knobs disengaged, then is incredibly easy to tighten in a controlled way. As a bonus, this sleeve is really cold. Even over a shirt sleeve or compression sleeve it quickly absorbs heat from the area of the injury. By far the best device I've had so far for cooling my elbow."- Mark W.