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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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I have this tfcc injury. Had x ray, MRI. Kept it on a splint for 2 months but still hurts. Cant do surgery. I'm feeling hopeless, please help?

I have this tfcc injury. Had x ray, MRI. Kept it on a splint for 2 months but still hurts. Cant do surgery. I'm feeling hopeless, please help?

Injection: A steroid injection into the joint may help. Also ask your MD for a topical NSAID such as Voltaren (diclofenac) gel or a compounded cream. Keep using the splint/brace if you have to. Other than that, you'll really have to buckle down and get the surgery done. ...Read more

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I have a tfcc injury. Used a splint for 2 months, most of the pain has gone but still hurts when I rotate my hand. Should I buy a wrist widget?

I have a tfcc injury. Used a splint for 2 months, most of the pain has gone but still hurts when I rotate my hand. Should I buy a wrist widget?

It might help.: The problem with a tfcc tear is that it becomes progressive. Local measures will not last. It would be good for you to see a sports medicine doctor as they see injuries such as this frequently. It may require surgery ...Read more

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How likely is tfcc tear to heal in a splint for 6 weeks?

How likely is tfcc tear to heal in a splint for 6 weeks?

Size of tfcc tear,: Location, ie in the central avascular part or the vascular periphery, instability, whther it is acute (new) or chronic, anatomy differences all come in to play. Smaller acute tears in the periphery, not associated with instability lkely do the best. ...Read more

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3 month tfcc tear after being splinted and injected still is painful when bearing weight, what's next?

3 month tfcc tear after being splinted and injected still is painful when bearing weight, what's next?

Test / Surgery: If no studies done, a routine x-ray followed by a triple arthogram with or without mri. If confirms clinical findings then an arthroscopic evaluation and debridement (shaving) vs. Repair should be entertained. It sounds like in your situation, that conservative care has been exhausted. ...Read more

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The doctor told me I have tfcc, he gave a metal splint but now its hurting even more with it on. Is this a bad or a good thing? 3 days using the splint

The doctor told me I have tfcc, he gave a metal splint but now its hurting even more with it on. Is this a bad or a good thing? 3 days using the splint

Are you resting hand: TFCC is a tear of the cartilage between the distal end of the radius and ulna. Rotating the wrist or dorsiflexion of the hand can aggravate the pain. If you are wearing the splint and still doing things with your hand you can make the pain worse. Try resting the hand and wrist altogether, if pain doesn't get better go back to the doctor. ...Read more

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My MRI showed a tfcc tear. I've had cortisone and used a splint for 2 months. The pain has decreased. Is the tfcchealed or is surgery still needed?

My MRI showed a tfcc tear. I've had cortisone and used a splint for 2 months. The pain has decreased. Is the tfcchealed or is surgery still needed?

Healing: The improvement is encouraging and a step away from surgery. As long as immobilization and or injection (s) up to three have improved the condition than surgery is not warranted. The tfcc can be considered healed when asymptomatic. If rarely painful, fully functional, then surgery is not warranted regardless of MRI finding. 30% of people older than 30 have mris with tfcc changes w/o injury. ...Read more

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Mri showed tfcc tear where blood supply is poor. 3 months later with splint and cortisone pain is gone. Did it repair itself or is tear still there?

Good question: Tfcc tears are repairable. So, o\if your treatment rendered a normal wrist there is probably a good chance some or all of the tear has healed. Continue to strengthen and time will tell. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with tfcc tear. My doctor is suggesting ulnar shortening. & another doctor cortisone injection & 6 weeks in a splint.

I have been diagnosed with tfcc tear. My doctor is suggesting ulnar shortening. & another doctor cortisone injection & 6 weeks in a splint.

Both might work: Both are treatments for tfcc tear. There is no harm in trying an injection and splint, except that it might not work and you waste the time.

If your are significantly ulnar positive at the wrist or have evidence of lunate impaction on exam or imaging studies, than the injection is less likely to work and ulnar shortening may be necessary for pain relief.

Ask your surgeon to explain the choices. ...Read more

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Tfcc injured from punching a bag. On a splint for 3 months, big improvement but still a sharp pain at the end of pronation. Next step? (sport medicine)

Doctor visit: It is time to see your Doctor again, and probably get an MRI study with arthrography to determine if your TFCC injury is something that will heal by itself with conservative therapy or not. If there is a significant tear, it may not heal without surgery. ...Read more

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Tfcc injured. After 2 months with a splint I can do pushups without pain. Is this a good thing? Still hurts when I rotate my hand to the limit.

Tfcc injured. After 2 months with a splint I can do pushups without pain. Is this a good thing? Still hurts when I rotate my hand to the limit.

Wrist injuries: The splint immobilized your wrist and allowed scar tissue to help heal it. Your wrist seems to be healing, based on your ability to do pushups. See your physician or physical therapy for further evaluation of the hand rotation. If the wrist is unstable but you don't want surgery, then the surgeon may put a cast on your wrist and forearm. Http://www. Orthobullets. Com/hand/6047/tfcc-injury ...Read more

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Hi, I had arthroscopic assisted TFCC repair, my dr out my hand on long splint, but I'm not sure for how long, any idea?!

Hi, I had arthroscopic assisted TFCC repair, my dr out my hand on long splint, but I'm not sure for how long, any idea?!

3-4 weeks: Normally 3-4 weeks in splint/cast to let repair heal, then start therapy. Hope this was helpful. Best of luck. Dr R ...Read more

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Can you damage your wrist by wrapping it too tightly when trying to heal a wrist injury?

Can you damage your wrist by wrapping it too tightly when trying to heal a wrist injury?

No: The tight wrap will not damage the wrist but can cause nerve damage in the hand like carpal tunnel syndrome. You should see a hand surgeon to have the wrist appropriately treated before you have future damage. ...Read more

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What other than rest ice elevating and wrapping should be done for a big toe injury? I tripped over a rubber mat last eve. Toeswore/moves slightly

What other than rest ice elevating and wrapping should be done for a big toe injury? I tripped over a rubber mat last eve. Toeswore/moves slightly

Evaluation: No way to tell without a proper exam and x-rays. Toe injuries are often under treated. See a podiatrist for a proper evaluation. If you fractured it #1you can still walk in it and #2 if not properly treated, it could result in a permanently painful toe. ...Read more

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Splint (Definition)

A splint can be any type of external protection device designed to shield a bone or joint from injury. It may be used prophylactically to prevent injury or protect an injured bone or ...Read more