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What is ring avulsion and how common is it?

What is ring avulsion and how common is it?

What is ring avulsion?
Ring avulsion is a serious injury that occurs when a ring gets caught on an object and is forcibly pulled off, causing damage to the skin, tissue, and potentially even the bone and nerves in the finger. The injury can range from mild to severe.  In some cases, the finger may need to be amputated due to the extent of the damage.

How many people get ring avulsion?
This number is based on the number of "Injuries to the wrist, hand and fingers" cases per year, as recorded in the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, and the estimate that 5% of these cases are ring avulsion injuries.
While ring avulsion is relatively rare comparing to many injuries, 150,000 injured, degloved, or severed fingers is too many. Also, this is the number of cases in US alone. Globally, more fingers have been harmed!

Physical, Financial, and Psychological Impacts

In addition to the physical effects, ring avulsion can also have significant psychological impacts on a person's life. Losing a finger or experiencing a severe injury can cause anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The injury can also impact a person's ability to perform daily activities, such as typing, cooking, or driving, which can lead to frustration and a loss of independence.

Depending on the extent of the injury, an individual may be unable to perform their job duties as they did before the injury, leading to job loss or decreased work performance.

How to prevent ring avulsion?

Preventing ring avulsion is important, and easy to do.Avoid wearing rings during activities where they could get caught, such as when using heavy machinery, doing yard work, or playing contact sports. If you do wear a ring, wear a silicone ring that will break under tension, keeping your fingersafe.


Do silicone rings prevent ring avulsion?

Yes, silicone rings have the ability to break under strong sudden force, such as when caught on an object, effectively safeguarding the finger from potential harm. Metal rings, on the other hand, will not break, and can cause severe injuries such as degloving or the loss of a finger.

Can silicone rings cause ring avulsion?

No, silicone rings do not cause ring avulsion. Silicone rings can in fact prevent ring avulsion. However, many silicone ring companies now offer plastic rings which are not made of silicone. It is important to confirm with the seller that these plastic rings will help prevent ring avulsion.