7 TIPS for NERVE PAIN and SCAR SENSITIVITY: How to desensitization techniques

Michelle, Hand Therapist and Virtual Hand Expert, shows you her 7 TIPS to STOP NERVE PAIN or SCAR SENSITIVITY after a finger injury. Fingers have more nerve endings than any other part of our body! And if you have had a finger injury, such as a crush injury, you know just how sensitive those nerves can feel. Likewise, scars on the finger and hand can also be very sore and tender.
In this video, you’ll learn these easy to do treatments and exercise tips to treat scar and nerve sensitivity with desensitization techniques commonly used by physical and occupational therapists.

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00:00 7 TIPS for NERVE PAIN and SCAR SENSITIVITY: How to desensitization techniques
02:10 How to use cotton balls to help finger nerve pain or scar sensitivity
02:39 How to u se a towel to help finger nerve pain or scar sensitivity
03:51 How to use beans to help finger nerve pain or scar sensitivity
04:45 How to use rice to help finger nerve pain or scar sensitivity
05:21 Apply tapping pressure to decrease pain when finger is hit or bumped
06:10 How to use a ball to improve finger sensitivity
06:37 Use a silicone cap to prevent bumping your sensitive finger

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  1. Abdullah Wasim on October 15, 2021 at 8:18 am

    I had an accident recently and because of it Both my arms r hypersensitive, so all the nerves in my arms were affected. Any touch on my arms or hands will cause excruciating pain. Is there anything I can do to desensitise my arms.

  2. stan_sprinkle on October 15, 2021 at 8:22 am

    What about a finger that feels normal in general, but if it ever experiences any kind of impact, it’s exponentially more painful than it should be. For example today I quickly reached down to grab a kitchen towel, and on the way down wrapped my finger on the corner of the counter. For any other finger it would have been nothin. For this finger, it felt like someone was squeezing it in a vice for almost 5 mins.

  3. Rekha Kaul on October 15, 2021 at 8:22 am

    I am 6 weeks post operative from Duprodone Disease surgery on my left middle finger (it was half of one finger, not the hand itself). I had 8 stitches in one finger. Thank you – this video really helped.

  4. daisy carr on October 15, 2021 at 8:26 am

    i had surgery on the top of my foot when i was 6 years old. i used to crawl around like a kitty. one day, a small triangular piece of glass got into the top of my foot. it was deep enough to need to be excised. i got xrays and my first surgeon cut me open but “couldn’t find the piece” so they just stitched me up & said it probably fell out. a year or so went by and i was still having pain. i got xrays again and the new surgeon saw the same piece of glass in my foot. the second surgery was successful… i am 21 now, and throughout my whole life, that scar area and a bit around it have felt awful. the most uncomfortable feeling ever, super sensitive, numb, sometimes painful, sometimes burning or tingly or even twitchy. i’m going to start to try to desensitize it. i’m hoping that even though it’s been so long, i get some relief. it’s pretty constant and i feel like i’ve just gotten used to it and never told a doctor. i’m not sure if i should- but it is extremely sensitive. thank you for your advice. it’s hard to find this stuff directly related to scars and surgeries online.

  5. Dean's Life on October 15, 2021 at 8:27 am

    My ring finger is sensitive to touch and so I struggle to hold things due to these sensations. My physio checked my central nerve system where I did feel pain on an area of my back in the middle and on either side of my upper back by the shoulders but the sensation in my finger when he asked me to see if there was a change, there wasn’t it felt the same. I feel this in my ring finger and middle and small finger in both my left and right hand. So could it pherifiral nerve damage ? My physio doesn’t know for sure and he said suggested that I see an Hand specialist. I’m really concerned and I want to know what’s causing this so I can get rid of it. I’ve had it for 10 wks now.

  6. Andrew Scanlan on October 15, 2021 at 8:31 am

    Michelle snapped on this one! Great tips for my poor finger tip <3

  7. Rudolph L Jr Estepa on October 15, 2021 at 8:32 am

    my body becomes sensitive after having a severe headache or fever. What I usually do is wear gloves tight sleeves or pressure stockings for a while, but I’m going to try these tips too. TIA <3

  8. Jane Ryan on October 15, 2021 at 8:33 am

    Great information, just what my OT told me to do today for my neuropathy in my fingertips and my carpal tunnel scar!

  9. Ann Bergmann on October 15, 2021 at 8:36 am

    Hi. I broke my wrist over a month ago and am about to get cast off. I did not need surgery for wrist it was non displaced and just had cast on. My question is my two fingers are so super sensitive I don’t even touch anything. I declined the carpal tunnel surgery and am worried that I declined the surgery but just wanted to heal the wrist. How long can this sensitivity last. Thank you.

  10. Humble Servant on October 15, 2021 at 8:37 am

    I sliced my finger tip off using a mandolin. The skin has grown back but unfortunately the tip is still very sensitive. Are they any specific desensitizing exercises you could recommend and how long does it take for the nerves to calm down?

  11. Ella Hickman on October 15, 2021 at 8:39 am

    I have had a knee replacement and have sensitivity on my scar what can I use ?

  12. Mahim Khan on October 15, 2021 at 8:40 am

    genius! thank you for sharing

  13. Susan Miller on October 15, 2021 at 8:46 am

    Thank you for your videos! I had bilateral carpal tunnel surgery back in October. From the moment I woke up, my right middle and ring fingers were hot, and very numb. The heat subsided a week ago, and some of the ultra sensitive skin also has reduced a bit too. Those fingers are still very numb. I can’t easily touch type with them, and they are very annoying rubbing against each other, as it feels as though I have thick finger stalls on both fingers! My hand gets stiff from time to time too…so these exercises I’m hoping will help! They felt good! I just want to ask if you have any exercises that I can do that will help bring the feeling back in my fingers? Thank you so much!

  14. Real muscle for life on October 15, 2021 at 8:54 am

    I have a alnar nerve transplant scar for over 10 years and it still sensitive to touch.

  15. kei tai on October 15, 2021 at 8:54 am

    what about the opposite? My husband lost the sensitivity in his fingers…

  16. M Mo on October 15, 2021 at 9:06 am

    I had a work related crush injury to my left index finger the distal phalanx broke in half. This was about 12 year ago and I still get sharp needle pains and it tends to itch all the time. I grab a water hose with a gun and put my finger under the water pressure that’s what helps me

  17. Mohammed Ramees on October 15, 2021 at 9:08 am

    I had an accident one year ago, my index finger crushed, that cause an almost amputation of the tip but the early microvascular suture helps and it recovered almost old normal but small area on the finger tip, show some sensitive loss, when writing cause some kind of discomfort and pain. I can’t write properly and legibly. There is any way to return my fine skills (writing, etc)

  18. ••Totteryship• on October 15, 2021 at 9:08 am

    Can a vibration plate cause the sensitivity to the nerves in fingertips and toes?

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