A sprained thumb is when the ligaments of the thumb become injured, either by playing sports or doing any activity that puts pressure on the thumb joint. It is less painful than a broken thumb or a torn ligament, but it will still impact thumb movement and other tasks to some degree.
A thumb sprain is common in sports like volleyball, softball, basketball, and rugby. It is also common when we try to avoid injury during a fall or hitting it forcefully against a hard surface. Sometimes a sprained thumb is also called a gamekeeper's thumb. Symptoms of a sprained thumb include pain, discomfort, limited movement of the thumb, and stiffness. The pain could also be accompanied by swelling and bruising.
One of the most common ligaments affected in a thumb sprain is the ulnar collateral ligament which keeps the thumb from dislocating or bending too much.
Here is a step-by-step guide on how to tape a sprained thumb using a kinesiology tape:
HPFY carries various kinesiology tapes, elastic bandages, and thumb spica splints. Here are some of our top sellers:
The CanDo Kinesiology Tape is made of hypoallergenic fibers and has a wave-like adhesive on one side that keeps sweat and moisture away. It is water resistant and allows the skin to breathe. This tape stays on while swimming, showering, and in the sauna. It can be extended up to 30-40% of its length.
The MuscleAidTape Elastic Kinesiology Tape can be used for treating athletic injuries as well as for everyday muscle problems like pain, soreness, cramping, etc. This tape is water resistant and stays on while swimming, showering, and even in the sauna. It offers great air permeability, allowing the skin to breathe and sweat to evaporate.
The 3M ACE Elastic Bandage with E-Z Clips provides comfortable support during intense activities. Its therapeutic heat retention feature also relieves a sprain/strain, swelling, or muscle soreness. This compression wrap for the knee is easy to use and secures with clip snaps. It has been designed to be comfortable even when worn for long periods. The 3M ACE elastic bandage wrap has an anti-microbial treatment to prevent bacteria from growing, keeping odor at bay.
The 3M Coban Two Layer Compression Bandage System provides seven-day therapeutic compression. It has been clinically proven to reduce slippage and encourages longer wear time. Its thin, lightweight, and breathable design makes it very comfortable.
The Comfort Cool Thumb Spica immobilizes the thumb and wrist, allowing free movement of the fingers. Designed with a thermoplastic stay for a custom fit, it offers support and compression to the thumb muscles. It fits the right or left hand and is trimmed to suit the user's needs. It is lined with terry cloth, making it very soft and comfortable to wear, even for long periods. A thumb sprain is not a very serious condition. It just needs proper rest and the right care for effective healing. While the PRICE method provides some relief, if the pain increases, it is better to use a bandage or a kinesiology tape to treat the sprain.
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