TFCC & WRISTWIDGET
What is the TFCC?
Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex (TFCC) is a combination of connective tissues, which connects the radius, ulna, and little finger in a triangular shape. More popularly known as the wrist meniscus.
It functions to keep the bones of the wrist in a compact form. The soft fibro-ligament tissue provides cushion and support to the carpal bones and helps to stabilize the arm.
How do you know it's the TFCC?
Symptoms of the TFCC injury include pain at the circumference of the wrist, especially on weight-bearing. Loss of grip and clicking sounds from the wrist can also be due to TFCC injury.
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.
Weight Bearing Test can be used to diagnose the triangular fibrocartilage complex tear because TFCC is the only condition that affects the weight-bearing tolerance of the wrist. This test is more reliable to diagnose Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex injury than MRI and radiography and much less expensive.
HOW TO DIAGNOSE A TFCC TEAR
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.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.
If you have a TFCC injury there should be an immediate increase in weight-bearing ability, and your pain should be greatly relieved.
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 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!
<strong>A wrist band, the WristWidget TFCC bandage, was specially developed for this injury. </strong>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 nylon and cotton, is waterproof and thanks to the hook and loop fastener closes well around the wrist without exerting pressure on the elbow.
And there is also a treatment protocol with exercises and tips that you can use at home:
WHAT'S YOUR WEIGHT BEARING RESULT?
Injured wrist test results WITH tape/WristWidget