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Thumb taping: How to tape a sprained thumb

Did you sprain your thumb? No need to worry, here is how to tape it up and get back to your normal routine in no time! Thumb taping is a great way to support the joint and help reduce swelling. Follow these easy steps and you will be on your way to healing!

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. 


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How to apply kinesiology tape for a sprained thumb

Here are kinesiology taping steps for a sprained thumb: 

  1. 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. 
  2. Round the corners of the tape after cutting it to length. 
  3. Position your thumb so that it's placed against your palm and pushed towards your forearm bone. 
  4. Place the tape over the thumb knuckle towards your arm. 
  5. Next, get a second strip that’s two-inch wide. 
  6. Apply the second strip perpendicularly over the wrist. The strip should not wrap the wrist completely. 
  7. 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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