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Weight Bearing Test

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.


You need:

  •  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. 

The test:

A. Use a NON-digital scale (also called dial, mechanical, or analog scales).

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.

Testen Sie zuerst das gesunde Handgelenk
B. Test the injured wrist – slowly. Stop at the edge of pain – 

any pain! (record the results).

Testen Sie dann das betroffene Handgelenk.
C. Put on the WristWidget. Or take 2 pieces of non-elastic tape- squeeze wrist together without compression on the ulnar head.
Kleben Sie 1 Streifen knapp unterKleben Sie 1 Streifen knapp über dem Ellenkopf

D. RETEST the injured wrist wearing the WristWidget / tape.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

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.

And then...
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.

There is also a treatment protocol with exercises and tips that you can use at home.

 To the treatment protocol

We're healing the world, one wrist at a time!