Tennis Elbow, Will Wearing A Tennis Elbow Brace At Night Heal It?

I have had tennis elbow for about two-three weeks. I was warned by my dr to not where a brace too often as it may cause additional problems. I have also recently been told to by three friends that they wear their braces at night and it either went away or was significantly better in about two weeks.

What is the correct treatment?

I live in St Louis so I cant work with you directly.


Joshua Answers:

Your doctor gets points for saying what he said about you wearing a Tennis Elbow brace.

Will wearing it at night fix the problem? Maybe. Probably not.

If this is the first time you have had any pain, rest and night splint to keep the muscles from working/shortening all night just may do the trick.

It is more likely, however, that it will lessen or go away for a while, but as you continue to use your arm in the ways that you have been using it, that it will sooner or later return, and be a little worse, go away again, return again again a little worse, etc.

I would be interested in what happens with your friends over time. Many many people come to rely on their tennis elbow braces, and wear them for years and years.

Personally, I'm a fan of dealing with the source of the problem.

In my opinion, one correct option for treatment is on 'The Tennis Elbow
Treatment That Works'
. It has everything that I would tell someone with both new and old Tennis Elbow Tendonitis.

If it really is a new pain, you can probably get away with and do just fine with Icing as described on the How To Reduce Inflammation page.

Starting with that, or starting with the DVD are both the best options I know of to suggest.

And, let me get more information, perhaps there's something more I can add in.

1. Is this the first time you have had these Tennis Elbow symptoms?

2. One arm, or both arms?

3. What activities do you do on a regular basis that might have caused this?

4. Any other health issues/painful spots?

5. Have you tried anything other than a brace?

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Aug 23, 2017
First time, right elbow
by: Anonymous

Different person asking question. I just bought a brace, not sure if it's ok to wear over night.

Just typing now, there's pain.

I work at a greenhouse, first started noticing pain after watering and hauling watering cans this Spring. But also after pulling weeds. Also been reading more on my phone so every 30 secs or whatever have to swipe to turn page with my right hand. Combo of many things.

Just right arm. No pain in left. My dad used a squishy ball for exercises. Just wondering about brace/overnight. Thanks


Joshua Comments:

Braces are fine in the short term, but are a poor long term option.

If your hand/fingers curl into 'the claw' at night, then it's good to use to keep the structures lengthened through the night, as/until you fix the overall problem.

If you use your hands at work and the brace helps/provides some support, again that's fine. In the short run. Bad in the long run.

Apr 25, 2018
Nt brace
by: Bren

I have tennis elbow now to and I tell u what it’s hurting so much and nothings helping the pain. I’ve had this several times before but not like I have it this time, not even close!

At first it was the norm but now it’s up my arm all way to my fingers and it doesn’t matter if I’m doing nothing or not so I’m wearing brace and a elbow support brace over the reg tennis elbow brace to bed tonight and I’ll let ya’ll know the out come tomorrow morning:/ I know one thing as of now and it’s that this sucks a big one

One more thing my husbands a flooring contractor and he’s had his for abt 6-7 mo now he wears the brace and the arm sleeve support this getting old isn’t fun.


Joshua Comments:

Hi Bren.

Yep. Pain gets old fast.

Also yep, the tendonitis dynamic is a progressive kind of thing, so it makes total sense it's come and gone and gotten worse each time.

Also, as you've discovered, braces don't help/don't fix anything.

I suggest that both of you get and get to work with the Tennis Elbow Treatment That Works program.

It's time to get this taken care of for the both of you.

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