When Should I Consider Using An Elbow Brace When I Play Sports, And How Should I Use It?

Question: When should I consider using an elbow brace when I play sports, and how should I use it?

Answer: A lot of people ask, "When's a good time to use an elbow brace?" Elbow braces are good to use when you have some mild soreness in your elbow, especially when you're playing tennis, playing basketball, maybe volleyball or softball -- things where you're doing overhead activities and throwing overhand.

Times to consider moving away from the elbow brace and seeing a physician include when you're having elbow pain that's severe that lasts through the night or having elbow swelling that doesn't resolve. Those are time to move away from the elbow brace and consider getting a full evaluation.