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The Proper Use of an Ace Brand Tennis Elbow Brace

by
author image Darla Ferrara
Writing since 1999, Darla Ferrara is an award-winning author who specializes in health, diet, fitness and computer technology. She has been published in "Mezzo Magazine" and Diet Spotlight, as well as various online magazines. Ferrara studied biology and emergency medical technology at the University of Nebraska and Southeast Community College.
The Proper Use of an Ace Brand Tennis Elbow Brace
Tennis elbow can occur due to repetitive motion. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images

Ace is a brand name for support devices manufactured by 3M. Ace provides elastic compression bandages, wraps, hot and cold therapy products and braces. Tennis elbow is a form of tendinitis that can occur due to repetitive motion. When you feel pain that radiates from your elbow to the forearm and wrist, this may be tennis elbow. It is essential to see your doctor for a proper diagnosis. If you have tennis elbow, applying an Ace brace to the forearm supports the tendons and allows for proper healing.

Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow is inflammation and tearing in the tendons that support the elbow. Tendons are connective tissue that attaches muscle to bone. In tennis elbow, the tendons that stretch from the muscles in the forearm to the bony prominence on the elbow develop tiny tears or become swollen due to repetitive wrist and arm movements. One possible cause of tennis elbow is poor technique when executing a backhand maneuver while playing tennis.

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Ace Tennis Elbow Brace

The Ace brand tennis elbow brace provides support to the tendons that connect the forearm muscles to the elbow. This product features an air cushion the targets compression to reduce strain on tendons. The brace has a Velcro attachment that allows it to fit any size forearm. Wearing this brace should reduce pain and support tendons while they heal.

Application

To apply the brace, wrap the strap around your forearm. Place the wrap on the side of the elbow closest to your wrist and secure it just below the elbow. The forearm has tendons on both sides of the arm. Position the air cushion on the painful area. For example, if pain occurs on the palm side, that is where the cushion should sit. Once you have the air cushion in place, feed the loose end of the strap through the ring on the opposite on the brace. Pull the strap over the ring toward the Velcro. Press the strap onto the Velcro to secure it. The brace should be snug, but not too tight. Rotate your wrist. If the brace feels too tight, pull up on the strap to loosen the brace.

Care

Ace brand tennis elbow braces are washable. Open the pouch in the brace that holds the air cushion and remove the cushion. Place the cloth section of the brace under warm, running water. Add one or two squirts of dish soap and hand wash the cloth. Rinse until the cloth is free from soap residue. Lay the cloth brace flat and allow it to air dry. Insert the air cushion into the dry pouch and secure it.

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