Ulnar (pinkie) sided wrist pain caused by TFCC (Triangular Fibro Cartilage Complex) injuries historically have been challenging to treat.
Surgery often yields disappointing results and extended recovery times; thick, hard, uncomfortable braces make sports and everyday tasks challenging.
Wendy Medeiros, OTR, CHT. Wendy’s nearly 25 years experience as an Occupational Therapist and Certified Hand Therapist has given her great insight into this injury.
After opening her practice in 2000, Wendy noticed an increase in TFCC injuries and realized that there wasn’t an easy, accurate, and 100% reliable test to determine this specific injury. She developed the Weight Bearing Test. It is now used by orthopedic specialists and physical therapists as THE gold-standard to diagnose this difficult injury.
Don't like videos? Here are the step by step instructions: HOW TO PERFORM THE WEIGHT BEARING TEST
Use a NON digital scale
1.Test on the unaffected (GOOD) wrist first
2.Test the affected (HURT) wrist – slowly Stop at the edge of pain – any pain!
Wrap 2 pieces of 1/2″ non-elastic tape around wrist (watch video for important instructions. You can skip directly to :39)
3. RETEST with the injured taped wrist
If you have a TFCC injury there should be an immediate increase in weight bearing ability, and your pain should be greatly relieved.
Record your results
Right Hand without tape _______ with tape ________
Left Hand without tape _______ with 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.
However, if you noticed a significant difference after taping your wrist as instructed you have a TFCC tear are a candidate for the WristWidget which will allow the TFCC to completely heal itself without surgery.
An injured wrist result of 20-45# (10-20 kg) indicates a severe injury. An injured wrist result of 45-65# (20-30 kg) indicates a moderate injury. An injured wrist result of 65#+ (>30 kg) indicates a mild injury.
Why the WristWidget™ works on TFCC tears:
What makes the WristWidget™ unique?
The WristWidget is comes with a 100% money-back guarantee if you are not completely satisfied.
Over 20 years of research and 10 years of research and market testing have been invested to perfect the device. Additionally materials have been sourced from 7 different countries to locate the VERY best material for long lasting performance. It has treated over 400,000 wrists world-wide!