There are multiple types of elbow braces for various needs. For those who have had surgery performed on their wrist or elbow, a post-op elbow brace is the best option. There are also other specific elbow braces that people can use for support after, or to prevent, injuries.
Hinged Elbow Brace
A range of motion elbow brace is used when patients are at certain stages of their healing, and require little to no movement while their elbow heals, gradually gaining more and more movement as their physio-therapist allows. A protective gear is used to keep the brace in one position, and it can be adjusted to allow for the arm to straighten out as the elbow strengthens.
Other Types of Elbow Braces
Some common elbow braces include:
Strap elbow brace
A soft strap brace is placed on the upper part of the forearm going over the elbow. It’s one of the simplest and cheapest elbow braces which can be used to prevent injury, and provide support if the tendons are injured or bruised. It’s commonly used for patients who suffer from tendonitis, golfer- and tennis-elbow.
Protective elbow braces
These elbow braces are a mix of soft and harder material, designed to limit movement completely. Unlike the range of motion elbow brace, the protective elbow brace cannot be adjusted once the site has healed. These braces are primarily used for reducing swelling and pain, and promoting healing of the muscles and tendons.
Elbow braces are usually recommended by prosthetic and orthotic professionals, especially for serious injuries. If you have persistent, prolonged pain (regardless of an injury or not), the best advice is to see a general practitioner or visit an orthotist.
Meintjes and Neethling can assist with these and other prosthetics in Pretoria. Contact our experts for more information, advice, and to book an appointment.