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06-13-2006, 02:03 PM #1
Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex (TFCC) Injuries
Has anyone suffered from this? Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex (TFCC) Injuries
If yes, what caused it?
How did you treat/cure your injury?
06-13-2006, 02:11 PM #2
I think that site you posted has the info you want.
06-13-2006, 02:13 PM #3Originally Posted by Quasimodo
06-13-2006, 02:47 PM #4Originally Posted by MikeJ
Sorry, can't help you there. I don't think I've had it. I don't think I'd've known anyway.
06-13-2006, 03:40 PM #5Originally Posted by MikeJ
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...
06-13-2006, 04:16 PM #6Originally Posted by DinkAlot
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.
06-13-2006, 07:19 PM #7Originally Posted by MikeJ
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.
06-13-2006, 07:50 PM #8Originally Posted by DinkAlot
06-13-2006, 08:11 PM #9Originally Posted by DinkAlot
Btw, was the X-men character "Juggernaut" based on you?
06-13-2006, 08:14 PM #10Originally Posted by Quasimodo
P.S. Broken car glass is so cool.
Last edited by DinkAlot; 06-13-2006 at 08:26 PM.
06-13-2006, 08:27 PM #11Originally Posted by MikeJ
06-13-2006, 09:19 PM #12Originally Posted by MikeJ
for those who don't know here's a small pic of Juggernaut..
06-15-2006, 05:46 AM #13
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).
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!
06-15-2006, 08:09 AM #14
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.
I'm glad your injury is not badminton related and most importantly, not serious. Get well soon!
Originally Posted by MikeJ
Last edited by DinkAlot; 06-15-2006 at 08:12 AM.
06-16-2006, 03:10 AM #15
^ Thanks! I'll check out that keyboard.
02-21-2008, 01:42 PM #16
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
03-24-2008, 10:59 AM #17
Solution for TFCC injuries
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.
Wendy Howard, OTR, CHT, Clinical Research Coordinator
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