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Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex (TFCC) Injuries

Discussion in 'Injuries' started by MikeJ, Jun 13, 2006.

  1. MikeJ

    MikeJ Regular Member

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    I think that site you posted has the info you want.
     
  3. MikeJ

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    yeah. :D I'm asking about the experiences of those who've had this injury. :D And specifically if they were injured while playing badminton.
     
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    Ah, got it. You've to be a bit more specific. :D

    Sorry, can't help you there. I don't think I've had it. I don't think I'd've known anyway.
     
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    Yeah, I injured my TFCC and it took about 2 weeks to heal about 80%, and about 6 weeks to fully heal.

    Oh wait, you said, while playing badminton. I hurt my TFCC while putting my palm through a resilient car window. But that's another story... :p
     
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    Holy crap! I'm afraid to ask what happened. :eek:

    In my case, I sustained my TFCC outside badminton, but it's affecting my game (can't smash, can't grip the racquet properly, can't even use the mouse for a long time.)

    I'm glad to read though that it only took 6 weeks to fully heal. :) Thanks for your post.
     
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    My TFCC was minor to light moderate. Guy in a car hit/bumped me at the cross walk so I felt it was only fair that I "bump" him back.

    In your case, it sounds more severe. Seek professional help and I pray you have a speedy recovery. One tool that is invaluable for hand, arm and shoulder strengthening and rehabilitation, Indian Clubs: http://www.jumpusa.com/indian_clubs.html

    If it's Pat Miletich approved, it's gotta be good. :D
     
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    Do I owe you money, favour or anything at all? Just want to make sure I've paid everything back because I don't want you to put your hand through anything of mine. :D
     
  9. MikeJ

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    Thanks. :D and thanks for the link.

    Btw, was the X-men character "Juggernaut" based on you? :p
     
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    LOL! Of course we're all square Quasi, you are straight-up, A-1 in my book. :)

    P.S. Broken car glass is so cool. :p
     
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    Juggernaut is my favorite Marvel character. :p I just wish he was a good guy.
     
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    :)
    for those who don't know here's a small pic of Juggernaut..;)
     

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    Just got back from the doctor. I sustained my injury (TFCC) not from badminton but from overuse (computer keyboard and mouse; I'm an I.T. Consultant). :D

    The doctor said that I should get a flatter mouse (improve my office ergonomics) and I should take appropriate breaks when working. He also prescribed strengthening and stretching exercises.

    Good news is that I should be ok in 3 to 4 weeks! :D
     
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    That's great news. You may also want to try an ergonomic keyboard (if you don't already have one). I just picked up a Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 and it's first-rate. Back in 1994, I got a mild to moderate case of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) and I couldn't figure out why. I switched to a natural keyboard and within 2 weeks, my CTS went away and has never come back. :D

    I'm glad your injury is not badminton related and most importantly, not serious. Get well soon! :) :) :)

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    ^ Thanks! :D I'll check out that keyboard. :)
     
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    i ripped my TFCC completly, i needed to have surgrey and it still hasnt been the same, kinda sucked being in a cast for 4months and end up still wit problems....(never let a blk man do your surgreysss......) lol jk
     
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    Solution for TFCC injuries

    Hello,

    I am a Certified Hand Therapist with 17 years of experience hand injuries. I have a special interest in TFCC injuries and have studied it extensively over the past 5 years. I designed and patented a splint specifically for the treatment of TFCC tears and am writing to express my experience with you to assist you and many others in understanding their injury and offer a solulution which I am sure you will find beneficial.

    People who tear their TFCCs all have the same report. They go to many different docs and have many tests but are always plagued with a long recovery and many different opinions. They all have ulnar sided wrist pain and one of the following. Pain with grip, weight bearing, rotation and/or clicking.

    They all report as well that squeezing the wrist alleviates their pain.

    The wristwidget www.wristwidget.com is a splint that allows the TFCC to heal. It was designed to support the wrist through rotation which is not currently offered in any other splint. The splint allows immediate relief to the TFCC and return of grip, and weight bearing.

    The best way for you to assess the stability of your wrist is to take your hand, place it on a bathroom scale with the elbow straight and weight bear as much as you can tolerate. Compare this number with the other hand. See if the weight bearing tolerance increases with a tight squeeze to the wrist using the other hand. This mechanic can be tried with tape but the ulna had should not have any compression. In patients with ECU tendonitis, the weight bearing is not affected and should consider a different treatment.

    Physical Therapy for a TFCC tear which involves strengthening and stretching is not fruitful. It is well documented that ultrasound, estim and massage do not create positive outcomes.

    Either way, I can tell you that your injury will heal if the treatment is correct. I am available to anyone who wants to discuss their wrist at 808 221 9084.

    As always, it is a pleasure to speak with a group of patients with TFCC injuries as it soothes my passion for offering a solution that is effective in a difficult injury.

    Aloha,

    Wendy Howard, OTR, CHT, Clinical Research Coordinator
     
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    i have this injury for more than 3 months now! it started when i did a backhand from the long service lines and suddendly i felt my wrist bone just kinda snapped! and immediately i felt a little pain in the wrist area, i continued playing hurt (my bad!) and after that day my wrist has been hurting since!
     
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    TFCC tear

    This is a common report. Can you recapture your pain with weight bearing, rotation or grip? If so, try taping in circumferential manner and see if you can find relief. Taping is far from user friendly. It is difficult to get the right tension without making your hand go numb, expensive to reapply all the time, and difficult to microadjust. Once to determine that the taping is somewhat helpful, try out the wrist widget and wear for at least 8 weeks -all the time. You will find a progressive improvement in your symptoms each week. Immediately though, your pain should resolve when using the wristwidget.

    As you have learned, this is a difficult injury to treat. I can tell you though that it will improve with the right splint and treatment.

    Best of luck to you,

    Wendy
     
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    Hi

    I am recovering from a TFCC injury and you may find my story helpful...join the facebook group for TFCC/Ulna sided wrist pain to learn and share info...you may find something that helps:

    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=62815300713&ref=mf

    If we combine our knowledge then we can help others overcome the injury!

    Marc
     

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