Can Counterforce Braces Combat Elbow Tendinitis?

Posted on Oct 02, 2013

A recent Wall Street Journal article reports that "counterforce braces" are gaining momentum in the medical community as a potential way to combat elbow tendinitis. While they have not yet been fully vetted in clinical studies, many patients have claimed that it has been effective in relieving their elbow, hand and wrist pain. 

Elbow tendinitis can be caused by a variety of activities, from playing sports to typing or gardening, and it can take a long time to heal:

The elbow joint is packed tight with muscles and tendons, making it prone to inflammation called tendinitis—particularly as we age, says Jonathan Chang, clinical associate professor of orthopedics at the University of Southern California's Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles.

According to Dr. Edward McFarland, a professor of orthopedic surgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, about half of patients have had success with this type of brace. He also claims that there is little downside to trying the brace, so patients can incorporate it into their current treatment regimen. 

We are excited to see more medicine-free, alternative therapies on the market, and encourage those suffering from chronic pain to try them out alongside the Energeze Patch to relieve your pain and help you stay active!