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How long should it take for a tfcc injury 2 completly heal?

How long should it take for a tfcc injury 2 completly heal?

2 - 3 months: Stable minor sprains in the tfcc can get better -- usually about 2, maybe 3, months. Unstable sprains or out-right tears usually need a surgery. From surgery, it is reasonably also 2 - 3 months. These can heal and can get better! it takes a good diagnosis and proper treatment by the doctor, and patience from the patient! ...Read more

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An injury, of any severity, is a condition in which a person has damage to any part of his body. Examples of major injuries include gunshot wounds, knife wounds, large burns, severed ...Read more


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Tfcc injury 4 months ago. Should i take the surgery now? Or later?

Tfcc injury 4 months ago.  Should i take the surgery now? Or later?

Depends: Since your injury is 4 months old the need for surgery depends on how much your wrist bothers you. If your pain is infrequent, you may want to wait, but if you have pain every day, it is probably not going to get better without surgery. Surgery can be very helpful, but it often takes 3-4 months to fully recover. ...Read more

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Will ultrasound help my tfcc injury heal?

Will ultrasound help my tfcc injury heal?

Doubtful, but...: I diagnose TFCC tears daily with MRI and CT arthrogram studies, and work closely with a large group of well-trained Hand Surgeons and PTs. Every therapy you can think of has been tried, and none seems to work very well. Severe pain is usually treated with ulnar shortening or surgery at the attachment sites of the TFCC. Sometimes, the pain resolves without surgery. But, it never hurts to try US. ...Read more

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How will phisical therapy help my tfcc injury heal? Got it by hitting a heavy bag.

How will phisical therapy help my tfcc injury heal? Got it by hitting a heavy bag.

Muscles: Physical therapy helps by maintaining range of motion, by symptommatic treatment such as heat/ultrasound/massage, and by strengthening the muscles in the hand/wrist to optimize function of the hand/wrist around the injury. ...Read more

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My tfcc injury from hitting a heavy bag did not heal after 3 moths of immobilization. What does it mean?

My tfcc injury from hitting a heavy bag did not heal after 3 moths of immobilization. What does it mean?

May need surgery: It would seem somewhat unlikely that if your injury has not healed after 12 weeks of immobilization, that it would respond to further immobilization. You should discuss with your doctor, but surgery may be a consideration at this point. ...Read more

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How could a physical therapist help my tfcc injury heal?

How could a physical therapist help my tfcc injury heal?

Wrist exercises: Physical therapists will teach you how to perform safe wrist rotation exercises that can be performed as your injury heals. http://www.orthobullets.com/hand/6047/tfcc-injury , http://www.toc.md/exercises_wristhand.htm ...Read more

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I have pain on the ulnar side of the wrist, close to the tfcc. Mri shows only a bone contusion, no lig damage. The primary injury is 6mo old. What would contribute to contusion lasting this long?

I have pain on the ulnar side of the wrist, close to the tfcc. Mri shows only a bone contusion, no lig damage. The primary injury is 6mo old. What would contribute to contusion lasting this long?

Other causes of Pain: Physical exam is paramount, to determine the origin of the pain. It may be an error to assume, that the cause of the pain, has to be the bone contusion. Depending on the image resolution, partial ligamentous injuries may not be seen, on mri. Correlation with operative (arthroscopic) findings is between 50 to 75 % ...Read more

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Hi, how long does TFCC repair surgery usually take? Thanx

Hi, how long does TFCC repair surgery usually take? 
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Depends: 1-2 hours depends on plan arthroscopic or open debride or repair arthroscopic longer open debridement quick ...Read more

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Hello, how long does arthroscopic assessed TFCC foveal repair surgery usually take?

Hello, how long does arthroscopic assessed TFCC foveal repair surgery usually take?

It varies: Surgery time can be highly variable and depends upon the severity of the injury, what other injuries are identified at the time of the surgery as well as surgeon experience. ...Read more

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Wrist sprain been 1 month hurts when i lift something heavy. Specialist took MRI said tore my dorsal capsule and small hole in tfcc. How long to heal?

Wrist sprain been 1 month hurts when i lift something heavy. Specialist took MRI said tore my dorsal capsule and small hole in tfcc. How long to heal?

Wrist sprain: This could take a minimum of 6 weeks and sometimes up to 3 months to heal. You should be using a brace for support. Check with doctor for followup exams and treatment options. ...Read more

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I have a tfcc injury. How can a MRI help the doctor?

I have a tfcc injury. How can a MRI help the doctor?

Details: The MRI can help your Doctor in planning treatment, and to confirm that the TFCC injury is present, and not any other injury with the same symptoms. For example, tendonitis or sprain of the ECU tendon can give sililar symptoms, but has a different treatment than a TFCC injury. And a tear within the TFCC can be at more than one location, and are treated differently depending on the site of injury. ...Read more

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Can i use voltaren (diclofenac) gel for TFCC injury?

Can i use voltaren (diclofenac) gel for TFCC injury?

This is not treating: the problem, it is only decreasing the inflammation & U may feel better, but in the long run U should look 2 repair. ...Read more

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Best cure for tfcc injury except surgery?

Best cure for tfcc injury except surgery?

Injection: If you are young and have a symptomatic TFCC tear diagnosed after a consistent history, physical examination and saline- enhanced MRI scan then arthroscopic repair or debridement( based on location ) is the treatment of choice .If this is not available to you or you have to wait for surgery then an injection into this area w/ steroid/ Marcaine can be helpful until surgery can be done. Best of Luck ...Read more

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I have a tfcc injury from hitting a heavy bag. Used a splint for 8 weeks, why is my joint hurting so bad now?

I have a tfcc injury from hitting a heavy bag. Used a splint for 8 weeks, why is my joint hurting so bad now?

MRI needed: TFCC tears are often quite "subtle" and are missed by ordinary x rays. An MRI is needed. You most likely have a tear of the ligament. See an Orthopedic surgeon in particular an upper extremity specialist if one is available. Good Luck Dr Z ...Read more

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What is a "triangular fibrocartilage complex injury"?

What is a "triangular fibrocartilage complex injury"?

TFCC: Initial management may include application of a muenster brace to immobilize the wrist and forearm. A cortisone injection may be helpful in conjunction. If symptoms persist, MRI arthrogram may be helpful. If tear is peripheral, wrist scope and repair. If tear is central, wrist scope and debridement. Many times, degenerative tear is associated with longer ulna. Shortening of ulna may be done too. ...Read more

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Is TFCC a injury to the ligaments or to the cartilage?

Is TFCC a injury to the ligaments or to the cartilage?

TFCC is both: It is a carticalginous strucutre that blends into ligmants. That is why it has "fibro" like a ligament. "cartilage" and COMPLEX in its name. THe central disc part is cartilage that cushions but it has a thickened vascular rim that provdde ligamenteouis like structure, the ulnar ligmanets of hte wrsit and the tendin sheath of the ecu blend into this. Think of a sail with supports, rigging ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Triangular fibrocartilage complex Injury?

What is the definition or description of: Triangular fibrocartilage complex Injury?

Injury to the tfcc: The triangular fibrocartilage is a small cartilage structure located on the small finger side of the wrist. It is composed of several distinct anatomical structures and is often referred to as the triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC). A TFCC injury means an injury to any or all of the distinct anatomical components that make up the TFCC. ...Read more

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