Copper-Infused Pain Relieving Compression Wear from Tommie Copper

August 16, 2011 | By | 148 Replies More

I L-O-V-E learning about new products, and if those products are also very cool, I get even more excited about them!!

So, I’m sure you can appreciate that I got pretty intrigued/interested in the Tommie Copper compression wear line of products that claim to help relieve pain.  Here’s the email I received:

My name is [name removed], and I work for a company called Tommie Copper.

We design copper infused compression wear that helps with inflammation, swelling, and joint pain. When I saw your website, and I thought you would be the perfect person to try out our gear.

Tommie Copper is the leader in innovative copper compression wear that is designed to be comfortably worn all day by athletes and non-athletes alike who want relief from everyday aches and pains. All Tommie Copper products are manufactured in the United States utilizing a patented Therapeutic Copper Compression (TCC) technology that combines copper infused yarn with an exclusive multi-directional recovery process.

The line currently includes sleeves for the elbows, knees, calves and ankles as well as a line of compression shirts for men and women. I was wondering if you would be interested in trying out some of our products & doing a review.

If you can believe this – it wasn’t the compression undershirt that interested me most – it was the copper-infused, pain relieving knee sleeve.

Like many other active young athletes, I pretty much put my knees through hell when I was a kid doing sports. So much in fact, that I’ve had problems with my knees ever since. While one of my knees is in pretty good shape, the other isn’t and I have pretty bad stiffness/arthritis in it and it aches and causes me discomfort every day.

It hurts most when I have been sitting for a while, having it bent for a period of time – like now when I’m at my computer. Surprisingly, if it’s straight for long periods of time (like when I’m sleeping), I don’t have a problem.

The bottom line really is that my knee hurts nearly every day, and if a product like this can offer me even temporary pain relief, without me having to take medicine, well then Tommie Copper will have customer in me for life. I’m a true skeptic, and because my knee pain is real and NOT in my head, I will be able to tell, without a doubt, if this stuff really works.

After a quick email exchange, I got confirmation that the company is sending a sample compression undershirt and knee and ankle sleeves for me to try out.  As soon as I get the lot, I’ll be wearing them daily and will report back here. In the meantime, here’s some information about the products:

Product Details

  • Brand: Tommie Copper
  • Company Background
  • Description: Copper infused, pain-relieving compression wear. Combines the benefits of revolutionary compression fabric with patented copper infused yarn
  • Manufactured: Made in USA (Yeah!)
  • Products: Men’s and Women’s Compression Shirt ($44.50), Knee Compression Sleeve, Elbow Compression Sleeve, Ankle Compression Sleeve, Calf Compression Sleeve (all priced at $24.50), Compression gloves ($29.50)
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  1. Hervey


    Do you have whole leg stockings? I have some edema in both lower legs but my right knee has an old sports injury that is not getting any better. I thought of buying the ankle, calf, and knee sleeves but wanted to ask this first.

  2. Jeanell Garner


    I need two or more for my guy where can i buy them at, I’ve looked for them at Wal-Mart, Walgreens,for the shirts can’t find them there. I don’t do credit or debit cards so what store has them in stock? Size looking for is large,please,please,he needs them bad he’s a retired military Navy SEABEE and he’s 100% disabled veteran… His birthday is soon and this is what i want to get him for his birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. maggimay


    I am looking for some copper infused compression fabric, I want to make a body wrap for my dog. I only need a yard and a half. Do you know where I can get the fabric? No one makes this thing. She has arthritis and joint pain. Any connections I can get would be greatly appreciated.

    • Tug says:

      heya maggimay — thanks for stopping by my site and posting your question!

      i really don’t know where you can source copper-infused fabric in such a small quantity.

      my recommendation would be to find an inexpensive compression shirt (or shirts) from copperwear, tommie copper, or any other company making shirts from this type of fabric, and do a little creative cutting and sewing.

      you may also be able to find sample yardage of fabric with copper yarns in it on sites like alibaba or aliexpress. good luck and keep me posted (:

  4. scott



    We are seamless compression wear supplier in China, our website is Our leggings are made of nylon,polyester&spandex

    We have been exporting to USA ,Canada,Europe. I would like to introduce our products to you and I will feel so honored if you have the interests in our styles.

    Looking forward to cooperating with you in the future.


    shaoxing Intai Garment Co ltd

  5. roberta shaffer


    Hi I wouldliketoknowwhere we an buythe tommieopperline of evrything up herein canada

  6. Barrie Appel


    At 69 yr of age things are starting to show wear and tear. Lots of pain in lots of places. I’ve been seeing tv commercials related to copper infused compression products. Can you recommend my best choice??? Please…

    • Tug says:

      hey barrie — good to hear from you and thanks for your question.

      to be honest, if you’re looking for copper-infused compression wear, then i don’t think you’ll be displeased with tommie copper. i cannot comment as to the quality or effectiveness of the “as seen on tv” copperwear or copper fit products.

      i’ve been using my tommie copper knee sleeve for a long time, wearing it pretty much every time i work out, and i’m very happy with how well it’s held up, and i do like the mild compression support it provides.

      that said, i cannot comment on whether or not the copper offer any pain relieving characteristics. i have a feeling that the compression is what helps vs the copper.

      if anything, the copper content helps keep the sleeve from getting odorous/smelly (antimicrobial), but i’m not fully convinced it (the copper) helps with pain itself.

      i’ll have to try other non-copper knee sleeves to be 100% certain though.

  7. kathy


    I had ACL surgery in April and I am having trouble bending my knee. Would this brace help me plus my knee is stiff…

    • Tug says:

      kathy, the knee brace from tommie copper likely won’t help your knee any more than any other compression knee sleeve.

      my recommendation would be to consult with your knee surgeon and ask what kind of post-op knee support they recommend.

  8. shadta


    I’m bone on bone would the knee sleeve help that knee also other knee is about the same plus a lot of arthritis in both knees would it help

    • Tug says:

      shadta — if you’re truly bone-on-bone, then wearing a compression knee sleeve really isn’t the solution. you should consult a knee doctor or physician for medical advice.

      compression itself may offer temporary relief, but if that’s the case, then any compression knee sleeve will provide that.

      i’m a big fan of tommie copper products, and love that they are made in usa, but i can’t honestly say that the copper fibers in the product offer any specific benefits that i can actually observe. though, if you check out the reviews on their site, there’s a pretty impressive list of customer reviews saying the products are helping relieve pain.

      as one with pretty severe knee pain as well, i still have not found anything that legitimately lessens the pain.

  9. Sheryl Shipley


    Do you know if you can buy Tommy Cooper products other than online?
    Like in a store? I really want to try the knee sleeve on. Not sure
    on what size I would need. Thanks.

    • hi sheryl! thanks for stopping by and posting your question about tommie copper (:

      as far as i know, and based on their website, the only retail location for tommie copper is currently here:
      74 S. Moger Ave, Mount Kisco, NY 10549

      if you’re curious about the knee sleeve sizing, then you should look at their women’s knee sleeve sizing chart. it instructs you to measure 5″ above your knee, while sitting. take that measurement, and locate closest size on their sizing chart.

      hope that helps!

      if you do decide to get the knee sleeve, be sure to come back here and let us know if the sizing chart worked out for you.

    • Karen says:

      You can buy Tommie Copper at Wal Mart in the as seen on TV area. 9.98
      Also on ebay, and amazon.

      • Tug says:

        hi karen — wow, thanks for sharing that additional information about where to buy tommie copper.

        i’m a bit surprised to learn that you can buy it at walmart. do you know exactly which product you can buy for $9.99??

        i’m thinking that walmart is probably selling copper wear ( and not tommie copper. copper wear is an “as seen on tv” product, and i don’t think tommie copper is. most of the commercials i’ve seen for tommie copper are the ones that montel williams does.

        you can buy tommie copper at:
        you can buy copper wear at:

        two different companies selling athletic gear made with copper-based yarns. though, it would appear that copper wear is just a copy-cat of tommie copper. though, i’m not certain which actually came first because was registered as a domain in 2007 and was registered in 2010.

        as a side note, copper wear is offered by Tristar Products, the company behind many other As Seen on TV products like abcoaster, abroller, power juicer, genie bra, etc.

        • Beverly


          you can not buy tommie copper at Walmart…they have the copper flex, not tommie copper. I must say, I got the tommie copper capris and love, love, love them. I felt better in minutes. They helped my knees and hips, both are bad and I don’t want to have the replacement surgery. So I am doing everything I can to feel better. Physical therapy helps the muscles and tommie copper capris and leggings help my joints. At 57, being able to work my garden, mow and maintain the pool and house,(after back, neck and leg surgeries) makes me feel unstoppable. I love tommie copper clothes and would recommend them to anyone with joint pain. I want all the products available in the clothing line for women…and I will have them! ;)

    • cooper fan


      just got my knee sleeve today @ wally world
      aka wal mart
      seems to have made some differents in just the few hours i have had it on
      i blew my knee out years back
      so it hurts most the time !
      i payed $9.98 for it was looking for a knee brace when i found this
      so far so good hope this helps

  10. Victoria Martin


    My son was in a car accident over 15 years ago. The bones in his chest are dissheveled and he is in constant pain. No amount of pain killers relieve his pain. I am wondering/hoping your shirt may be something that could help him. Could you contact me with your thoughts on it helping him.
    I will appreciate it very much and hope you have a product that I have been praying to find…
    Victoria Martin

    • heya victoria, please visit for more information.

    • Daniel Maloney


      Ms Martin,
      Anyone who is in hideous chronic total body pain as your son and yours truly must endure could never benefit from this mild product.
      Even a soul with one knee hurting badly would be wasting hope.
      This product is definitely designed for healthy athletic persons who have convinced themselves of minor discomfort in an area…so with a great deal of discretionary funds at their disposal…they spend needlessly.

  11. Nicholas J. Brunk Sr.


    does anyone offer a full ‘Copper’ body suit ? How much do they cost ?

  12. Nicholas J. Brunk Sr.


    if you get a rash try bathing and reinsing really well ! before wearing the sleeve .

  13. Cruz Cebollero


    I recently obtained the Tommy Copper compression knee sleeve. I need to know if it’s necessary that the silicone band attached to the upper part of the sleeve touches the skin of the user. I wore it for a few hours but I got a rash that bothers and itch me a lot. I will appreciate your response. truly yours, Cruz Cebollero

  14. Mary Ann McClure


    Do you have anything I could use for left hip pain?

  15. mark


    I haven’t seen your full review of the Tommy Copper products.
    Am I just missing it? or did you not write one?

    • heya mark — i didn’t get the chance to write the full review of the products, but if you scroll through the comments, you’ll be able to see the feedback i provided to other folks.

      if you have a specific question, ask away — i’ll be happy to answer it (:

  16. Betty


    I am looking for gloves with copper threading because I have severe arthritis in my hands. Do you make them?

  17. Carolyn


    Having severe knee pain
    dr says i have severe patello femeral dyhsfunctial
    syndrome…..bought the knee sleeves for my knees
    can walk better but still got the pain….when will
    the pain go away…..thank you carolyn

  18. pearl ramirez


    Hello i have lower back pain every day!what should i get for lower back pain.

    • heya pearl, thanks for stopping by and asking your question!

      since i’m not a doctor, i don’t want to make any type of official recommendation, but it is possible a posture undershirt may help alleviate some of your back pain by helping you to stand more upright. possibly some targeted lower back strength exercises too — but that’s something you should ask about with your physician.

      you might also want to google “reduce back pain” or “ease back pain” as well to see what type of information is already out there about the topic.

  19. lu lu


    my son plays semi pro ruby and has had a shoulder op. Would wearing this t shirt help whilst playing rugby to support his shoulder?

  20. steve henry


    i need to know what size is small, medium and large in numbers its important to me i need 2 t shirts for my O A



      I’d like to know why the big fellas are left out as usual. Just because us giants aren’t normal size doesn’t mean that we should be left out in every facet of life. I’m 6’5″ and have the build of a NFL defensive lineman, and even at my slimmest weight in years I’d never fit into any of the sizes offered here. I wear a 4XLT size shirt…..can you offer something to fit those of us who aren’t average size please? Thank you.


  21. joyce edelstein


    I need knees back shoulder r-

  22. Mike Hales



  23. Dora Daniels


    Need Small size Knee and for left hand support

    Please let me know price!

    Thanks D Daniels

  24. conny


    could you please let me know if your product can be bought in australia
    thanks conny

  25. MARK



  26. edwin


    can i get a special order made i need size 66 shorts

  27. Anita Loson


    How do I order a Tommy Copper Knee Compression? I dont see an order space anywhere on this website Can you help Me?

  28. robert cupelli


    do you have a product for heel spurs?

  29. James Kline


    Was wondering what the results of the garment test where. Did the Tommie Copper garments bring any pain relief? I’m looking into buying them myself. Your input would help me decide whether they would be worth the investment or not.

    Thank you

  30. robert cupelli


    do you have anything spurs?

  31. Tricia Combee


    I have knee pain constantly in my left knee. No medication or rubs seem to bring me any relief. I have been told I have bone spurs around the knee cap and need surgery but I am the caregiver for my elderly parents and can’t possibly have surgery at this time. My mom had knee replacement last year and it helped for awhile. I’m just not sure what to do, but for now I need some relief!

    • hey tricia – maybe a knee compression sleeve will help some, but if you do actually have physical damage in your knee (like me), then i don’t think any fabric contents will relieve pain.

      don’t get me wrong, i really like the quality of tommie copper products, but i don’t believe the copper-infused fabric will help relieve pain of structural damage in a knee. compression could help though.

    • Donna Porter


      As a neuromuscular therapist of 20 years with plenty of anectodal information on copper bracelets necklaces, etc., my clients have great relief from wearing copper. These shirts and support products would make your life much easier at such a trying time. I would also suggest that you find a neuro muscular therapist in your area and get very specific neuro muscular trigger point work in the muscles surrounding the knee. Mackey surre they are “certified” in neuro muscular therapy. Those are the professionals in this very specific form of bodywork.
      Donna Porter,LMT

  32. Kathy


    It sounds like my husband could benifit wearing tommycopper wear.
    However he has artery disese and has had multiple surgeries on leg (bypass and stents and surgery on knee. Do these items stop circulation in the knee sleeve or the shirt? Please let me know.

  33. jean strole


    My husband loves the gloves and knee sleeves, it ready help with his pain,but he is broke out around the top of the knee where the band is.Has anyone else have this problem

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