Forearm bandage

What is an underarm bandage?

A forearm bandage is a cover or a type of stocking that is put over the forearm. A forearm bandage gives the muscles of the forearm stability and support. In addition, the blood flow to the muscles and soft tissues in the forearm is increased by the compression of the forearm bandage. There are special versions of the forearm for some indications, such as tennis elbow. Then there are not necessarily long covers, but depending on the design, Velcro bandages at elbow height.

Indications for an underarm bandage

A forearm bandage is indicated in the event of a strain, injury or even after an operation in the area of ​​the forearm.Frequent and often diagnosed problems are, for example, the tennis elbow, the “golfer's elbow” or even tendinitis. The support gives the forearm more stability and support, but does not lose its mobility and flexibility in everyday life, at work or during sporting activities. A forearm bandage can also help with swelling or inflammation. Its compressing effect supports blood circulation and the swelling of the tissue.

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  • Golfer's elbow
  • Therapy of the golfer's elbow

Tennis elbow

For the tennis elbow (Medial epicondylitis) bandages are available from various manufacturers. All have the goal that the attachment points of the muscles on the medial epicondyle are spared and supported by the compression of the bandage. The victim is more careful with the movements that include the elbow. This reduces the irritation and inflammation in tennis elbow. The compression also results in increased blood flow.

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  • Tennis elbow
  • Bandage for a tennis elbow


Inflammation of one or more tendon sheaths in the hand and forearm (Tendovaginitis) requires immobilization of the affected joint parts. Orthoses or bandages are ideal for this. The advantage of a bandage is that it does not take away the mobility of the hand and forearm and can be worn for a long time. Long-term use of an orthosis can lead to restricted mobility and loss of muscle strength, as the joints are completely immobilized. A good forearm bandage can accelerate healing and also prevent the recurrence of tendinitis.

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  • Tendinitis
  • Treatment of tendinitis

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What types are there?

There are underarm bandages that stretch like a long stocking from the wrist to the elbow. Others are pulled over the lower part of the forearm and attached to the thumb joint with a Velcro fastener. For very special problems, for example, there are bandages for the tennis elbow that are only a hand's width and are strapped around the affected part of the elbow. When selecting the forearm bandage, an expert should be consulted so that the correct selection is made in terms of the type and size of the bandage.

What does an underarm bandage cost?

The cost of an underarm bandage depends heavily on the reason for which it is needed and the manufacturer. Inexpensive forearm bandages that are put over the forearm can be purchased on the Internet for as little as € 10-15. Should a more specific bandage, e.g. are needed for the tennis elbow, then the costs can be 45 to 60 €. Especially with specific symptoms, such as tennis elbow, you should not skimp on the bandage. Depending on the diagnosis made, the costs can be covered in whole or in part by the health insurance company.

Does the health insurance company cover the costs?

The costs for a forearm bandage can be covered by the health insurance fund as a remedy for an indication given by the treating doctor. An appropriate prescription must be issued for this. The extent to which a bandage can be accepted also depends on whether the product in question is approved. In a local medical supply store, it can be assumed that bandages corresponding to the prescription are available or can be ordered.

How long should i wear the bandage?

In the case of acute symptoms, the forearm bandage should be worn after consultation with the attending physician at least until the symptoms have subsided. For the time after that, a bandage can reduce the recurrence of the problem. The long-term use of a forearm bandage can be helpful for many affected people, especially when doing sports or doing monotonous or physically demanding work.

However, it should be ensured that the bandage is not worn permanently over the whole day. There are no long-term disadvantages to be expected from using a bandage. However, in order to keep the body feeling of movement without the support, work or exercise should be carried out at regular intervals without the support. It is advisable to do this when no great stress or physical contact is expected.

What colors are there?

Depending on the manufacturer, forearm bandages are available in several inconspicuous colors. These include white, gray, skin-colored or black. Some manufacturers also offer colored or multi-colored versions of the forearm bandages. A different color does not change the function and effectiveness of the forearm bandage.

What materials is a forearm bandage made of?

A forearm bandage consists of elastic and tensile materials. As a rule, it is a mixture of polypropylene, elastane and other synthetic materials. When choosing a bandage, care should be taken that the composition of the materials ensures adequate air permeability and is moisture-absorbing.