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How Long Tfcc 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?
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 2 more doctor answers
Usually no: Joint environments are very avascular and no blood=no healing. Which is why acl tears are reconstructed rather than repaired (ligament replaced). So a tfcc tear will typically not heal, but that doesnt mean that the pain wont go away. If the pain subsides, good...If it doesnt then would go in to be seen. Usually by a hand surgeon. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Doubtful: The tfcc has two components. The central component is cartilage with poor blood supply that is not capable of healing on its own if torn. The peripheral component is both ligamentous and cartilaginous, has better blood supply and is capable of healing if torn. However the majority of peripheral tears require arthroscopic repair , a trial of immobilization may result in the tear healing sometimes. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Treat the symptoms: Tfcc tears are notoriously slow to heal. However, many never heal, but symptoms can subside. Healing is better defined by resolution of pain & return to normal function, not necessarily in this situation by appearance on an mri. If you wish to avoid surgery, then you have to be avoid exacerbating activities & consider rehab with a physical or occupation therapist with possible intermittent bracing. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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