Diagnosed with TFCC?
The TFCC (Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex) is the main stabilizer of the wrist. It is a ligament connecting bone to bone. It supports the wrist with grip, weight-bearing, and rotation (supination and pronation). It keeps the radius and ulna from painfully spreading apart.
The TFCC is more popularly known as the wrist meniscus; a kind of shock absorber for some of the joints in your wrist. The TFCC can tear with rotational movements (hyper rotation while using a drill), excessive weight bearing, a fall on an outstretched hand, etc.
The most accurate way to determine TFCC damage actually is called the Weight Bearing Test. The weight bearing test is a measure of how much weight you are able to pass through your wrist and hand. The Weight Bearing Test is oftentimes more reliable than an MRI and much, much less expensive.
All you need is a non-digital analog scale. The human wrist is capable of pressing 30-60 kg. of weight on each wrist. If your injury is to the TFCC and you’re experiencing ulnar-sided wrist pain, you will notice that your uninjured wrist is normal and your injured wrist hurts when you push down on the scale. The test is not intended to hurt you. It is to measure where you are starting, where you need to go (the uninjured wrist) and the effects of the WristWidget.
How to perform the Weight Bearing test
The Weight Bearing Test is designed to quickly and easily determine if the pain in your wrist is caused by a TFCC injury. TFCC complaints can be acute (accident) or gradual (wear). For acute or severe wrist complaints, we recommend that you see a family doctor or hand therapist. If a break has been ruled out, you can take the weight bearing test. If it is actually a TFCC injury, you will immediately feel a pain reduction and can push more weight.
A WristWidget or two strips of non-elastic band (sports band) of approx. 1.5 cm wide and longer than your wrist circumference.
- An ANALOGUE scale. For the treatment recommendation, it is desirable that you have measurements. The test can also be carried out without an analog scale. Then you have no values, but you can feel whether it works.
Why not a digital scale?
Think of it this way... A digital scale measures static weight.
A 10 kg bag of sand will weigh 10 kg.
We’re actually looking for how much weight your wrist can bear, or perhaps better stated, your pressing ability. With an analog (non-digital) scale, you can see visually where your abilities lie and what the consistent weight bearing number is for your wrist. (For your convenience, we’ve added them to our inventory in the Mebocare shop). Your results on a digital scale gives you an untrue value for the severity of your injury.
Place scale on the floor, or the seat of a solid chair. Test the healthy wrist first (record the results). Place palm in the center of the scale, fingers pointing towards 12:00, elbow over the wrist. When pressing on the scale, remember NO Pain. You are simply determining your ability.
any pain! (record the results).
D. RETEST the injured wrist wearing the WristWidget / tape.
If you did NOT notice a big difference in the amount of weight you can bear with and without tape, or there is not a marked difference between the two wrists, then you probably do NOT have a TFCC injury and the WristWidget won’t aid in healing.
If you have a TFCC injury there should be an immediate increase in weight-bearing ability, and your pain should be greatly relieved.
You have a TFCC tear are a candidate for the WristWidget which will allow the TFCC to completely heal itself without surgery.
Of course, if you did the test and immediately felt less pain, you want it to stay that way. You want to do sport again without pain, work in the garden or do small household chores. You want a solution to these annoying stitches in your wrist. Then we have good news for you!
A wrist band, the WristWidget® TFCC bandage, was specially developed for this injury. The WristWidget holds the wrist firmly in place so that the TFCC injury can heal in peace. Without irritation of the wrist and without loss of wrist function. The WristWidget is made of Velcro, is waterproof and thanks to the Velcro fastener closes well around the wrist without exerting pressure on the elbow. You will also receive a treatment recommendation with exercises and tips that you can use at home.
We're healing the world, one wrist at a time!