What Causes Ring Avulsion and How Can I Prevent It

What causes ring avulsion?

Ring avulsion occurs when one or both ends of your ring are pulled out from the other end of the band. When this happens, there is no longer enough material between the two pieces of jewelry. If not treated immediately, it will lead to a loss of feeling in your finger and eventually amputation. A ring with a high quality metal such as gold or platinum may last up to 10 years before needing replacement. However, if the ring is made of cheap materials like plastic or rubber, then it could break within just a few months.

The most common cause of ring avulsion is wearing the ring too tight. This type of injury can occur even after only wearing a single piece of jewelry for a short period of time. Another possible reason for ring avulsion is improper care. While some people wear their rings so tightly that they cannot move them at all, others have worn their rings for many years without any problems.

How can I prevent ring avulsion?

If you are worried about ring avulsion, then you need to take extra precautions. We have listed several tips below that will help you to prevent avulsion.

1) Wear your ring looser than you normally would.

If it’s too loose, then you can always have it resized at a later time. The only thing that you should be concerned about is not wearing the ring so tight that it causes injury.

2) Be extra careful when using hand tools or lifting heavy objects.

If you do not use proper technique when performing these types of tasks, then you risk straining the tendons in your finger. This type of strain can cause the muscles to contract which will cause the fingers to splay apart.

3) Do not attempt to remove the ring yourself.

It is best to leave this type of task to a professional. Even if you are able to remove it on your own, it does not mean that there will not be any long term damage.

How is ring avulsion treated?

If you have tried the preventative tips above and still got ring avulsion, then there are a few treatment options available. It will depend on the amount of damage that has occurred to your finger. If a ring has been on too tight for too long, then there is a possibility that blood flow to the tip of your finger will be cut off. If this is the case, then it may take several months before nerve regeneration occurs. During this time, it may be necessary to have your ring cut off of you. This is a specialized procedure that requires hospitalization and several follow-up visits. After the ring has been removed, then your body will naturally regenerate new tissue in that area.

Another possible treatment option is called a revasculation. During this procedure, a medical professional inserts a needle into the base of your finger. This releases any inflammation or fluid buildup in order to restore normal blood flow to the area. This procedure is most effective when combined with a light sedative.

If your ring has only recently become stuck, then you may be able to remove it at home. We’ve listed some tips below on how to do this by yourself. However, if you do not feel comfortable performing any of these techniques yourself, then seek help from a professional immediately. Attempting to cut a ring off of your own finger can result in severe damage such as bone fracture or tendon injury.

1) Soaking your finger in warm, soapy water for at least 5 minutes should help the skin around your finger to become more pliable.

You should then be able to slip the ring over your knuckle.

2) Gently tapping around the ring will make the fleshy area more pliable and easier to slide off.

3) Place a lubricating jelly, cream or oil on your finger before attempting to remove the ring.

These products will help to create enough space for you pull your finger through the ring.

4) If nothing else works, then you can try using scissors, cable cutters or bolt cutters to snip off the ring.

Take care not to cut your finger in the process.

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