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How To Make Tfcc Injury 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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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
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
I had a tfcc injury 6 months ago. I have almost no pain now expect for rainy days. Is it going to be like thid all the time? Can i go to the gym now?
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
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
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can scaphoid/tfcc/foosh injuries really be missed for 9 weeks? It's 10 now, could the E Danlos just be slowing healing time?
Missed injuries: Many injuries described can take several weeks to identify. This can be for a variety if reasons including: the nature of initial or subsequent presentation, anatomic variance, time to identifiable diagnostic findings, and evolution of the pathology or injury. Scaphoid fractures often have negative X-ray until several weeks after fracture. E Danlos can delay healing b/o Type and collagen need. ...Read more
I have a tfcc injury. I did some stretching exercises yesterday but this morning my joint was swollen. Why?
Hard to say: There are many potential causes. Possibly you did "too much" and need to start more slowly, possibly your injury is not fully healed, or it may be a sequels of having been immobilized for a long period of time. I would certainly let your doctor know. ...Read more
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 had surgery 4 days ago on a torn wrist (TFCC), am I allowed to start smoking weed freely again? It won't affect my injury or anything will it?
Avoid marijuana: Smoking (inhaling smoke, which is full of lung irritants and cancer-causing chemicals) of any kind is unhealthy. We humans are not designed to inhale the byproducts of burning organic materials and whatever other chemical additives are mixed in with the plant materials. Avoid intentionally inhaling burning materials. It's just a bad idea, and not healthy for the body. ...Read more
After 5 months of a tfcc injury i can't do a full hand pronation. I have almost no pain. What has happened? Is it going to be like this all the time?
Pronation or turning: the hand down is important fortunately can be made uo by slightly raising ones elbow. Often we forget to concentrate on isolated pronation when stiff. prolonged stiffness is hard to overcome and needs hand therapy and patience even with restored anatomy. Besides therapy a very active daily regimen helps, not just at therapy/ at home too. "hammer rotation" often helps but need approval by OT/PT/HT ...Read more
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