What should you avoid with a TFCC injury?
To help prevent a TFCC tear, your physical therapist may advise you to:
- Avoid falling on your hand.
- Avoid repetitive, high-impact activities using the hands.
- Use a brace or taping.
- Gradually increase any athletic activity, rather than suddenly increasing the activity amount or intensity.
Does ice help TFCC?
Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex Injury (TFCC) Treatment TFCC can often be treated with self-care including: Ice the joint for 10 minutes at a time. Compress the area with an ace bandage. Take an over-the-counter pain medication such as Ibuprofen or Naproxen for pain or swelling.
How long does TFCC take to heal?
For TFCC tears that don’t require surgery, recovery usually takes about four to six weeks. If you do need surgery, it may take anywhere from six weeks to several months before you regain full use of your wrist.
How can I speed up my TFCC recovery?
Recovery usually takes a few weeks for TFCC tears that don’t require surgery. However, it may take anywhere from a few weeks to several months before you regain full use of your wrist if you do need surgery. Doing physical therapy and avoiding activities that strain your wrist can help speed up your recovery time.
Does cortisone shot help TFCC tear?
Cortisone injections can help with pain and inflammation from TFCC tears. Cortisone is a powerful anti-inflammatory and should be directed to the exact site of the tear. Moreover, it is important to use ultrasound guidance to improve the accuracy of an injection.
Why is my TFCC not healing?
The cartilage and ligaments composing the TFCC are prone to degeneration and tearing. They do not have a good blood supply and therefore, injuries do not heal well.
Does heat help TFCC?
The initial aim of treatment for a TFCC injury at Humpal Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Centers will be to decrease the inflammation and pain around the area. Simply icing your wrist assists with the inflammation and often relieves a great deal of the pain. In cases of more chronic pain, heat may be more useful.
Is heat or cold better for wrist pain?
Heat should only be used to treat chronic pain from tight muscles or sore joints. Heat can be applied before or after strenuous activity to loosen up tissues or prevent soreness. In cases of traumatic sprain, the most important things you can do are referred to as the RICE protocol.
Should I ice or heat my wrist?
After an acute injury, ice should be used to minimize swelling for the first two to three days. After this period, heat can be used to increase blood flow and assist the natural healing process. Applying heat too early may cause additional swelling by increasing blood flow to the injury.