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Back to Accidents, first aid and treatments. When applying bandages to elbows and knees to hold dressings in place or support sprains or strains, flex the joint slightly, apply the bandage in a figure of eight, and extend the bandage quite far on each side of the joint. Tubular bandages are used to hold dressings on fingers or toes, or support injured joints.
Discover how you can get relief using two simple thumb strapping techniques. Thumb pain is very common and can make carrying out your daily activities a nuisance. Strapping a thumb can help prevent injuries from occurring as well as provide pain relief.
Watch this instructional medical how-to video to learn how to wrap a bandage correctly. A circular wrap is used to wrap a small body region. First, three to four inches of the appropriate sized gauze wrap is unrolled and placed flat. It is held in place with the thumb of one h
Show less A sprained thumb is a common injury in sports like volleyball, basketball, softball, skiing, sledding, tennis and ping pong. However, whether you sprained your thumb playing a sport or not, once you have been diagnosed with a sprained thumb you will have to know how to wrap it in order to start the healing process.
Once the bandage is in place, take the end and wrap from the inside of your wrist, around the heel of your thumb, and across the back of your hand toward the tip of your pinky finger. Then, wrap all four fingers and cross it diagonally along the back of the hand. Continue by wrapping the wrist again and repeating the loop around your hand.
Compression wraps — also called compression bandages — are used for many different injuries or ailments. Compression bandages are used to apply pressure to a specific area or injury. They help minimize swelling by keeping fluids from gathering at the injury site.
The most common reason to tape a thumb is due to a sprain-type injury, usually caused by the thumb bending too far backward while skiing or playing sports such as basketball, volleyball or football. Taping a sprained thumb restrains movement, protects it from further injury and allows it to heal in a timely fashion. Thumb taping can also be used by athletes to help prevent injury.
A sprained thumb occurs when the ligaments that support the thumb stretch beyond their limits or tear. This usually happens when a strong force bends the thumb backwards, away from the palm of the hand. The most common way for this to occur is by falling onto an outstretched hand. A tear to this ligament can be painful and may make your thumb feel unstable.