Happy 10th Anniversary WristWidget®!

In 2006,  I was busy sewing each WristWidget® by hand, voraciously studying its effects and solving the many challenges to get it where it is today.  As I sit in awe looking back at the journey behind me, I am astonished at its success, the wonderful emails that I receive all day, every day, and the accomplishments I have made in changing what we know about the TFCC.  

 

The Piano Key Sign- Understanding Compression of the Ulna head

I often receive emails from patients with TFCC tears who report wrist splinting (normal wrist extension/cock up) makes their wrist hurt more than without the splinting.  The Piano Key Sign is a common test performed by physicians as a part of the clinical assessment of the wrist.  

TFCC- It is not just about the wrist. The Pronator Stretch, Shoulder and Neck.

After 11 years of looking at the TFCC full time, all day, every day, I have seen a dynamic in patients that is predictable.  I see many elite athletes who find that their TFCC injuries heal to about 90%.  The last 10% seems to take the longest to acquire.  I have long known this and started to closely examine the structures of the elbow, shoulder, and neck.  

The non-digital scale and wrist pain - and why they are a happy couple

You phone the specialists and you have to wait 3-4 weeks for a consult.  Why don't you simply perform the Weight Bearing Test?   I found it incredibly accurate in assessing the wrist. This simple tool is available in every country.  It is cheap.  It is reliable.  The test does not require a prescription or insurance to perform. It will diagnose TFCC tears. 

What is the TFCC?

It is quite difficult, as a patient, to get a ton of information about the TFCC.  The internet is full of conflicting information with very little consistency, and non-specific information.  If you are like most, you have already visited your physician and are searching for more information.