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“My finger is swollen and now I can’t get my ring off!?!?”

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Here are some helpful hints and tricks for when you are stuck, literally.

 

 

According to the American Society for Surgery of the Hand:

 

 

 

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  • Try a squirt of Windex

    yes Windex – on the finger and ring.

 

 

  • Apply any lubricant such as soap or oils.

 

 

 

  • Elevate overhead for 5-10 minutes with ice around the ring and finger, then try to add soap or oil.

 

  • Compress he swollen tissue with thread or dental floss

 

 stuckring4 Slip thread or Floss under the ring with the bulk of it toward the fingertip.

 

Beginning at the ring, snugly wrap the finger with the thread/floss around and around compressing the tissue—go up and over the joint.

 

With the end that was under the ring, begin to unwrap the tread or floss with the ring sliding over the joint.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If all else fails, cut the ring off with a ring cutter found in jewelry stores, fire departments and Emergency Rooms.

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Pictures Taken by: Stephanie Jones, AT

Kansas City Bone & Joint Clinic

 

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