Imagine you’re walking into work one sunny morning, ready to tackle your to-do list. Right outside of your office is a puddle of coffee that a coworker spilled.
You don’t notice it and before turning the door handle, begin to slip. Grasping for anything you can to break your fall, you reach onto a nearby cabinet.
The metal ring you’re wearing catches on the corner of the cabinet and before you know it, you’ve suffered what is known as ring avulsion that could result in amputation or a multiple-hour surgery to save your finger.
Ring avulsion is serious business. Every year there are over 140,000 hand surgeries performed in the United States. While you may not be jumping a fence or dunking a basketball on a regular basis, this injury can happen to anyone at any time.
Read on to learn more about what ring avulsion is and how you can avoid this costly, gruesome injury.
What is Ring Avulsion?
Ring avulsion is when the metal ring on your finger gets caught on something and is pulled off in a quick, sudden motion. The simultaneous pressure and force can strip your finger and cause damage to muscles, tendons, and bones. Ring avulsion, or degloving, is a serious injury and can lead to surgery or even amputation.
Who Does Ring Avulsion Affect?
Ring avulsion can affect anyone working with his or her hands. Auto mechanics like YouTube’s Scotty Kilmer, carpenters like Steve Ramsey at Woodworking for Mere Mortals, or even your everyday handyman busting through walls like Chip Gaines. The list goes on.
Anyone working in skilled trade professions like plumbers, electricians, and power plant operators are also susceptible to ring avulsion. But what you may not know is how likely you are to deglove a finger at home as much as anywhere else. Accidents can happen to anyone at any time. Just ask Jimmy Fallon.
3 Ways to Avoid Ring Avulsion:
Even if you’re not doomed to be involved in a finger-related accident, why risk it? Here are three ways you can easily avoid ring avulsion:
Take Your Ring Off - The easiest way to avoid ring avulsion is to simply remove your ring prior to doing anything that could put your fingers at risk. Whether you’re headed to the gym, working with heavy machinery, or doing yard work, find a secure place to store your ring or leave it at home.
Buy a Silicone Ring - Remember, ring avulsion doesn’t discriminate and can happen unexpectedly to anyone. The safest solution is to grab yourself a silicone ring. Our Groove Ring® is the most durable ring out there, enabling you to work and play without worry of what might happen to your fingers. Plus, each of our rings is backed by our 94-year No BS warranty. In the event of danger, our flexible silicone rings will easily break away when put under pressure in order to protect your fingers.
- Ensure a Proper Fit - Having a properly fitted ring may just save you from ring avulsion. While you don’t want your ring to be too snug, it’s important not to have too much space between your finger and your ring. The more space there is, the more likely it is that your ring will get caught or stuck on something. If you’re not sure what ring size is right for you, check out our ring sizing guide here to help you pick the proper size.
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