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Wedding Ring Safety Tips for the Hand

Although you vowed “till death do us part” at the altar, it doesn’t mean you are required by law or moral code to wear your wedding every waking hour. In reality, there are several times when it’s more important to your hand and finger health to take it off. Stay safe and use the following wedding ring safety tips to protect your ring and hand.

Be Careful When Working Around Machinery – Ring Avulsion

If you work around or with heavy machinery, it’s important to stay alert and carefully consider removing your wedding ring to prevent ring avulsion injuries. Ring avulsion injuries are explained as a sudden pull on a ring that results in a mild to severe soft tissue injury.

These injuries can range from simple lacerations to complete amputations. Since your hands are more than likely directly related to your ability to earn a living, it’s best to remove your wedding ring anytime you are working around heavy machinery or moving parts.

Choosing the Right Ring Size

The majority of people are exceptionally reluctant to remove their wedding bands. Most people wear them through exercise, winters, summers, and pregnancies – all times when your fingers contract and swell due to cold, heat, weight gain, and water retention. If this explains your ring wearing habits, it becomes increasingly important to choose the right size.

In order to find the right size that will best weather life’s changes, do your final fitting when your body temperature is normal and you are relaxed. Avoid finalizing your ring size in the early morning because people typically retain salt from the previous night. You should also avoid having your hand sized after you have exercised because your fingers will swell.

Choose the Right Metal for Your Occupation

If you sit at a desk all day, virtually any ring may be suitable for your occupation. However, certain professions are better suited for specific metals. For instance, if you or your spouse is a mechanic, it may be best to avoid the harder metals, such as platinum.

In the event of an accident and the ring has to be cut off, a platinum ring would be infinitely more difficult to remove in comparison to a silicon ring. If a hospital or medical office does not have the proper equipment to remove the extra-strength wedding band, the finger may have to be amputated. In the end, it’s imperative to choose a wedding ring that matches your lifestyle and is safe for your occupation.

Contact Atlanta Hand Specialist to Learn More

While Injuries to your finger while wearing a wedding ring are rare, they can have major consequences. In most instances, these injuries are directly related to your occupation and are preventable. However, the experts at Atlanta Hand Specialist offer decades of experience helping patients recover from a variety of hand-ring related injuries. We specialize in treating all matters affecting the hand and upper extremities.

Contact Atlanta Hand Specialist today to schedule your appointment at one of our convenient locations.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Do you have pressure on your wrists? Many people have symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome without knowing it. Find out how the condition is caused and what treatment you’ll receive from Atlanta Hand Specialists for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

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Wrist & Hand Fracture

If you have shooting pain in your hand or wrist, you may have a wrist or hand fracture. Fracturing, or breaking, the bones in the wrist or hand is extremely easy because of their size and structure. Read on to learn how wrist and hand fractures are treated by Dr. Patel and the Atlanta Hand Specialists.

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Trigger Finger

Trigger finger is caused by stressing the tendons and getting your thumb or finger stuck in the bent position. Inflammation and localized pressure are common signs for trigger finger. Seek treatment from the Atlanta Hand Specialists about trigger finger and your treatment options available.

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Ganglion Cyst

Tender lumps found on the hand or wrist can be a cyst. Ganglion Cysts are commonly filled with fluid, and form because of tendon or joint irritation. Find out more about how Ganglion Cysts are treated by the specialists at Atlanta Hand Specialist.

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