The elbow joint is the joint between the arm bone (humerus) and the two forearm bones (radius and ulna). It is a combination hinge and pivot joint – the hinge part lets the arm bend and straighten and the pivot part lets the forearm twist and rotate. To assist in these movements there is also cartilage, ligaments, and fluid; plus tendons and muscles to help it move.
Injuries can be due to overuse and over exertion or trauma, such as a fall. The most common terms for elbow pain are Golfer’s elbow and Tennis elbow although you don’t have to play either to have these conditions. Any regular, repetitive action has the potential to inflame and damage tissues in the joint whether through work or a recreational activity. Both are the result of overuse of the forearm through the gripping motion of the hands and twisting motion of the wrist.
Common injuries include:
Arthritis: Degeneration at the joint caused by aging and drying of the cartilage results in pain, stiffness and a reduced range of movement.
Tennis Elbow: Inflammation or tears in the lateral epicondyle tendon, which will cause pain and tenderness on the outside of the elbow joint.
Golfer’s Elbow: Inflammation or tears in the medial epicondyle tendon, with the pain located on the inside of the elbow.
Busitis: Inflammation of the bursa ( a synovial fluid sack that provides lubrication for the joint) shows as swelling behind the elbow.
Hold it if it Hurts!
Whether it’s a bump, a strain, a muscle tear or even a broken bone, what is the first thing you do when you hurt yourself?
You immediately grab hold of the bit that hurts. The management of the injury over the next hours, days and weeks may well differ but everyone’s initial reaction to pain is the same: clutch it, cradle it, hold it.
Why is this?
Quite simply, we don’t know. Theories range from affecting the pain receptors to providing a tourniquet-like effect for nerves and blood vessels to isolating the damaged structures and preventing further movement.
Whatever the reason is, we all do it.
Clearly, it would be impossible to spend all day holding your injury, which is why we at Active650 have come up with a range of super-comfortable supports that clutch, cradle and hold for you.
You get on with your life while Active 650 holds the bit that hurts!
The Active650 Difference
Unique fabric with superior stretch
Allows full range of movement
Will not slip
Closed cell technology repels sweat, bacteria and odour
No complicated taping requiring costly reapplication and therapist visits