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Doctor insights on: How Much Time To Heal Tfcc

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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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Can a tfcc tear fully heal on its own or does the pain eventually subside while the tear remains?

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 more

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Please tell me, could a full thickness tfcc tear heal without surgery?

Please tell me, could a full thickness tfcc tear heal without surgery?

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

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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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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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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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Can a 4 month old tfcc tears heal on its own without surgery?

Can a 4 month old  tfcc tears heal on its own without surgery?

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 more

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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