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Tfcc Of Wrist
3 months after tfcc tear wrist is still popping and clicking and causing discomfort. What does this mean?
Wrist TFCC helps to : Stabilize the ulna and radius. The radius spins around the ulna and the tfcc attaches to a fixed point on the ulna and a broader area on the radius. Tfcc is a cartilage structure and if torn, clicks, swelling and irritaion can occur. A know tfcc tear may benefit from treatment that can include repair, debridement or at times shortening the ulna to take stress off the tfcc and the wrist. ...Read more
Ligament tear: The tfcc is the triangulo-fibro-cartilage complex. It connects the radius and ulna bone at the wrist. When torn can lead to pain and swelling(effusion) within the joint. ...Read more
An MRI showed "thinning of the central portion of my tfcc " in my wrist and " minimal cystic change in the lunate. What does this mean and can it heal?
Depends: The tfcc (triangular fibrocartilage complex) is a complicated structure that supports the wrist on the ulnar (pinky) side. A possible explanation for the findings you describe would be one of several ulnar-sided impaction syndromes where there is excessive load bearing across that side of the wrist. The changes you describe are typical. See a hand specialist to determine if treatment is needed. ...Read more
Tfcc tear right wrist. Hand seems deformed, when palm is up, hand is turned in to left vs straight and thumb/joint is bent up vs flat, what's wrong?
Not sure: Really seems you like you need an evaluation by an experienced hand surgeon. ...Read more
I've had 3 tfcc repairs to my wrist over the past 6 years. I am having more pain now than ever. Whatdid is my next option?
Another surgeon: If you've had 3 tfcc repairs in the last six years, this is becoming an exercise of futility. I'd recommend seeing another hand surgeon for a second opinion maybe, because a second set of eyes is helpful with picking up subtleties on x-rays as to why you are developing these tears. ...Read more
Size of tfcc tear,: Location, ie in the central avascular part or the vascular periphery, instability, whther 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. Therapy may help reduce symptoms and at times corticosteroid injections help too, but if tear is large or the ulna is unstable then may need surgery ...Read more
2 main causes: Trauma such as a fall can cause a peripheral tear or central flap tear. Attrition tears can also occur from repetitive loading and overuse of the wrist. People with an ulnar positive variant (longer ulna than radius) are at greater risk for either type of tear. ...Read more
Xray normal MRI shows dorsal caps sprain&hole in tfcc been 2 mos wrist is better but now having spontaneous sharp pain, surgeon said give it time. Help
Depends: If your TFCC is torn in the middle and needs to be cleaned up like a meniscus in the knee, you will probable has little immobilization and then active use. You might have 2-4 weeks of discomfort. If you tore the TFCC off the bone and it needs to be repaired then you will be immobilized for up to 6 weeks and then need a rehabilitation program. ...Read more
Variable: Depends upon location of the tear is it a central tear only requiring debridement or a peripheral tear which is treated with repair. Is the procedure being done arthroscopicaly or is an open repair. Are there any other associated injuries? These factors all effect the type of immobilization post op, the type of therapy required, pain level, and time until mobilization of the wrist. ...Read more
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
No: No. See a hand surgeon.Get a more detailed answer ›
Is it possible to reverse thinning of the tfcc in the wrist via prolotherapy, prolozone, physiotherapy, surgery, supplements? From chronic injury
No.: "Thinning" of the tfcc may occur with age, although it may also be associated with some degenerative conditions and/or traumatic injuries. It's not the thinning of the tfcc that needs to be treated, but the associated condition that may be causing symptoms. Physical therapy or surgery may be effective, depending on the diagnosis, but it will not reverse the thinning of the tfcc. ...Read more
I'm starting to think I have tore the tfcc (catilage) in my wrist. What are the symptoms and treatment?
Pain and locking: Pain along the ulnar border of the wrist when the wrist is loaded. Axial pressure or torsional pressure can cause pain, usually worse with the wrist in extension. Sometimes can get a locking or catching sensation with motion of the wrist. Seek care with a hand surgeon. Treatment is diagnostic, with mri, and then surgical with arthroscopic repair or debridement. ...Read more
Doubtful: The tfcc is a cartilage and ligamentous complex that extends from the ulnar styloid to the ulnar border of the radius and acts to stabilize the distal radial ulnar joint. It is deep within the wrist joint and cutting your wrists would not affect this structure. It is typically injured secondary to a fall on hyper extended wrist or with repetitive trauma. ...Read more
Indicated: This is the preferred conservative treatment. Good luck ...Read more
Everyome has a tfcc: Unless it's been removed or there is a congenital difference. Cracking a joint is typically just making gas bubble appear out of joint fluid, but it can be a sign of tendon snapping or joint motion due to ligament injury. Making wrist pop may feel better transiently. Not y actually be better long term. The corrollary of " if it hurts don't do it " isn't if it feels good do it. Be careful ...Read more
I had TFCC surgery 4 weeks ago (central tear). I have been going to PT twice a week since. Can I reinjure my wrist golfing 4 weeks from now?
Possibly: Depends on mode of treatment if just a debridement of central tear without ulnar impaction syndrome you should be okay. If a repair was performed of a more peripheral tear than avoid golf in that time frame. Ulnar impaction without ulnar shortening could be a factor as well. Discuss with your treating surgeon. ...Read more
Hi dr david tfcc injuried why is the ulnar popped out it looks swelling abit bigger then the healthy wrist? What cause the swelling ulnar? Thanks
Varies: It varies quite a bit, depending in part on the severity of the injury to the TFCC. Some people may have a very mild injury and do fine without even immobilization, while others can have injuries severe enough they need surgery. Initial immobilization is appropriate for many TFCC injuries to see if they will heal. May want to discuss specifics if your injury with your MD. ...Read more
I had a tfcc tear 4 years ago. I neglected it. Now after showing it to the doctor, he advised me to wear a wrist widget... But this is not helping.
The wrist widget: Is a clever little device which helps stabilize the wrist. It may help pain from triangular fibrocartilage complex injury/other tendonitis associated with gripping, weight bearing, wrist rotation/extension. Four years of symptoms is chronic; I don't know how much the rest provided by this device will help. I also don't know if surgery would help after this long. Orthopedic hand specialist needed ...Read more
I suffured from a tfcc injury for 3 months on the right wrist. Now my left wrist is hurting, I didn't injure it. Can it be rheumatism? Any chance?
Three months before while playing kabbadi I got injured in the left wrist. Before ten days I took MRI showed central tfcc tear.
TFCC tears come in: A variety of configurations. Mri is accurate to a point but intraoperative findings do not always correlate with MRI findings. However, for a central tear depending upon other bone anatomy such as the length of your ulna with respect to your radius and the configuartion of your carpus and its ligaments different treatments are offered. Small tears may even do well without surgery. See hand surgeo. ...Read more
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?
How does physical therapy help " some thinning of the central tfcc" as described by a mri? Would the wrist not be as strong as it's weakest link.
Stabilize : Based on the limited info available, pt can strengthen the hand, wrist and forearm muscles, thus "unloading" some stress on the cartilaginous and ligamentous structures around the wrist. The tfcc is a cartilage structure at the end of the ulna. Those MRI findings may not necessarily explain the cause of your symptoms. ...Read more
Is there anyone that can look at a pic of my wrist from a mri? I can't see my doctor for a month. Maybe a tfcc tear? I have one good pic I can send
Will a cortisone injection help heal a tfcc degenerative tear? It's been healing since I've gotten the wrist widget with hyluronic acid & supplements
It may not make it: Heal but can reduce the irritation that is present and is getting in the way of the healing process and potentially reduce symptoms. If oneis improving then an injection may not be needed. Supplements have not been shown to be beneficial. Splnts may help if they are the right ones. Often we use thte workd heal to mean feel better but the two things may not be concurrent. ...Read more
Had a steroid injection in wrist for tfcc tear a wk ago and now running a fever. Area doesn't look or feel infected. Is fever related or not?
Infection: Need to be checked by md to make sure not an infection. ...Read more
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