Determining the best elbow compression sleeve for tendonitis comes down to a comparison of several factors. Each individual has to decide which factors are best suited to their body and needs.
Overall though, there are a few key factors to consider before making your purchase decision.
Tips for Finding the Best Elbow Compression Sleeve for Tendonitis
Style. When discussing elbow sleeves for tendonitis, there are two main styles to consider. The full sleeve and the band.
The band elbow sleeve is usually between 1 inch and 3 inches thick. The band style is meant to either push a compression point or to cover the point of the elbow joint. The full sleeve covers a few inches of the arm above and below the elbow joint.
The band may feel less restrictive to some users while the full sleeve may help users feel more secure. When it comes to compression specifically, the full sleeve provides more compression to improve circulation.
Size. After choosing a style of elbow compression sleeve, you need to identify the size best suited for your arm. The best way to do this is to measure the circumference (around the entire arm) of the forearm. Place the tape measure about one inch below the elbow joint on the forearm. Use this measurement in conjunction with the manufacturer size chart to find the right size for your body.
The fit should be snug, but not uncomfortably tight. A too tight sleeve will cut off circulation. A too loose sleeve may shift around and decrease effectiveness.
Price. Before deciding on a compression sleeve, it is a good idea to decide what you are willing or able to spend on the garment. Quality materials are going to be more expensive than cheaper counterparts, but you don’t have to rob a bank to find a quality sleeve. It is possible to find a balance of quality and value with a bit of research.
Comfort. Style and size will account for a lot of the comfort of the elbow sleeve. However, the materials are important to comfort as well. You want material that feels comfortable against your skin, is not too stiff, and you can imagine wearing for long periods of time.