Minor injuries occur fairly frequently, and for those of us who are accident prone, it may be more than frequently. Learning how to wrap an injury like a sprained hand using an Ace bandage can save trips to the doctor, money and others' frustration when you need your bandage redone, not to mention allowing you to help others. Anytime you are not sure how severe an injury is you should see your doctor, but having some know-how on how to treat a sprained hand can be helpful.
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Things you need
- 2-inch-wide Ace bandage
- Medical tape
Check the circulation in your fingertips by squeezing them and note the time it takes for colour to return to the area. If it takes more than a couple of seconds you may want to talk to your doctor before wrapping your hand to prevent cutting off too much circulation to your fingers.
Place the end of the Ace bandage in the centre of your palm, facing the rest of the bandage to your left. Your palm should be flat, face up and with your thumb outstretched. You may need to secure it in place with a piece of medical tape.
Wrap the bandage around the back of the hand and between your thumb and palm.
Wrap the bandage around the hand one more time in the same manner to secure the end.
Angle the Ace bandage toward the inside edge of your wrist once you get back to your palm on the second wrap of the hand.
Wrap the bandage completely around your wrist once and angle it back toward your hand. You should be angling it on the back side of the hand this time.
Wrap the bandage around the hand again with a slight angle toward the fingers once you have passed the thumb.
Continue wrapping the hand with a slight angle toward the tip of the fingers until you have wrapped all but the tips of your fingers.
Wrap back toward the palm until you get toward the end of the bandage and secure it to a spot that will not have much movement to ensure it stays put. Depending on your bandage it will either secure with Velcro or removable clips.
Recheck the circulation in your fingertips using the same method as Step 1. If it takes more than a couple of seconds for colour to return, unwrap your hand and rewrap it a little looser.
Tips and warnings
- Always check your circulation in your fingers before and after wrapping your hand.
- Using a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication with a sprain can reduce pain and swelling.
- Use ice wrapped in a towel for 15 minutes every couple of hours to reduce pain and swelling.
- Never wrap an appendage too tight or you risk cutting off circulation to the appendage.
- If you think an injury is worse than a sprain or are not sure, go see a doctor.
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