What is the role of counterforce braces in the treatment of lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow)?

Updated: Oct 30, 2018
  • Author: Bryant James Walrod, MD; Chief Editor: Craig C Young, MD  more...
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Counterforce braces are used in an attempt to reduce the tension forces on the wrist extensor tendons, and these orthotics may be superior to lateral epicondyle bandages in reducing resting pain. [17] The brace should be applied firmly approximately 10 cm distal to the elbow joint. Use of a counterforce brace may decrease pain and increase grip strength at 3 weeks in individuals with lateral epicondylitis. [18] However, some authors believe that no firm conclusions can be drawn from the use of orthotics in the treatment of lateral epicondylitis. [19] Counterforce braces are possibly inferior in the treatment of lateral epicondylitis when compared with topical NSAIDS and corticosteroid injections.


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