I’ve been battling a raging case of tendonitis in my right elbow for the last two or three months – I’ve been in so much pain for so long I can’t recall how long it’s been. I’ve iced it on and off now for quite a while but I know the real answer is a little bit of rest but short of my arm falling off that’s not going to happen until the snow flies and the cycling season is done and in the books. Simply. Ain’t. No. Way.
So about two weeks ago, maybe three, I mentioned something to Mrs. Bgddy about how bad I was hurting. We talked about the proper treatment, rest and regular icing, Aleve and pretty much left it at that. Then last week I arrived home to a small box on the buffet with a Copper Wear compression sleeve in it. Now, let’s just say I was skeptical but in enough pain to try just about anything so I could keep my season going.
Now, anyone who knows anything about tendonitis knows that RICE applies: Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation, so compression is going to help anyway, but the real question is does the copper in the fabric make a difference.
After about five days, wearing it about half of the time (sparingly throughout the day and through the night) and at only twenty bucks for the sleeve, I can honestly say I have no idea if the copper makes a difference and I don’t really care because the Copper Wear compression sleeve works. In fact, last night was the first night I haven’t worn it and I couldn’t wait to slide it on this morning. I haven’t had to bother with Aleve since I started wearing it too so any time spent not blasting my liver is great. While the pain is not entirely gone, it’s at a much more manageable level. Cycling has become a lot more enjoyable as well because I’m not dreading having to climb out of the saddle or worrying about the sprint finish in the drops anymore.
That’s pretty much the extent of this informal “review”, except to say that I was not compensated in any way, shape or form for this review. My wife bought my Copper Wear sleeve at a store (I think Bed Bath and Beyond) just like any other normal person would. This post is based on my experience only and I offer that experience freely. I make no claim that a Copper Wear sleeve will cure anything including, but not limited to Ebola, rhinovirus, the common cold etc.. It simply made my tendonitis not hurt so bad – and for that I am thankful.