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

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Dr. Keith Joe
Orthopedic Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Keith Joe
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Dr. Richard Perlman
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Good question

The pain can certainly go away when the tfcc is torn.
Some tears go through an area with poor blood supply that does not heal, but still get better with time. No real answer. Think about the patients who had tfcc tears before MRI and arthroscopy. At least some got better on their own. If mechanical symptoms last, surgery is appropriate.

In brief: Good question

The pain can certainly go away when the tfcc is torn.
Some tears go through an area with poor blood supply that does not heal, but still get better with time. No real answer. Think about the patients who had tfcc tears before MRI and arthroscopy. At least some got better on their own. If mechanical symptoms last, surgery is appropriate.
Dr. Richard Perlman
Dr. Richard Perlman
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Dr. Robert Gluck
Surgery - Hand Surgery

In brief: TFCC Tear

Generally speaking if the pain has resolved and the wrist is stable (i.
E not loose on exam), then you should be ok. There are certainly situations where the tfcc is not fully "healed" but symptoms resolve. Typically these can be left alone, though it it certainly possible for symptoms to recur, dependent to some degree on your activity level.

In brief: TFCC Tear

Generally speaking if the pain has resolved and the wrist is stable (i.
E not loose on exam), then you should be ok. There are certainly situations where the tfcc is not fully "healed" but symptoms resolve. Typically these can be left alone, though it it certainly possible for symptoms to recur, dependent to some degree on your activity level.
Dr. Robert Gluck
Dr. Robert Gluck
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Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics

In brief: Tfcc

Possibly, by wearing a splint or cast for 4-6 weeks.

In brief: Tfcc

Possibly, by wearing a splint or cast for 4-6 weeks.
Dr. Oscar Novick
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