What are the main causes of a sprained thumb?
A thumb sprain happens when the thumb is forcefully stretched too far back. The sprain can range from a mild sprain to a complete tear of the ligament.
Can kinesiology tape help with a sprained thumb?
Initially, you can use athletic tape for the initial recovery phase since it’s stiffer and acts as a brace for the sprained thumb. Then, you can use kinesiology tape for longer-term recovery and protection as it reduces the load on the joint without restricting movement too much.
How to apply kinesiology tape for a sprained thumb
Here are kinesiology taping steps for a sprained thumb:
- Prepare a one-inch kinesiology tape and measure your tape so that it spans from the knuckles of your thumb to just above the wrist.
- Round the corners of the tape after cutting it to length.
- Position your thumb so that it's placed against your palm and pushed towards your forearm bone.
- Place the tape over the thumb knuckle towards your arm.
- Next, get a second strip that’s two-inch wide.
- Apply the second strip perpendicularly over the wrist. The strip should not wrap the wrist completely.
- Rub in the tape to activate the adhesive.
*Before using kinesiology tape, make sure to do a patch test to make sure that you are not allergic to the tape.
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