TFCC - Weight bearing test
Weight Bearing Test is the Best way to know to test if you have a TFCC tear.
Why can't I use a digital scale?
Think of it this way... A digital scale measures static weight. A 10# bag of flour will weigh 10#.
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. Shop here.
Your results on a digital scale gives you an untrue value for the severity of your injury.
The Weight-bearing test must be performed by every patient with a diagnosis of a TFCC tear. In 100% of the cases I have seen, every TFCC tear presented with painful and diminished weight bearing tolerance. They all show changes with the tape or WristWidget®.
This is not the case for tendonitis, fractures, UT tears and much more. The Weight-bearing test is reliable, affordable and specific. - Wendy
|Click here for a pdf transcript of the video.|
HOW TO PERFORM THE WEIGHT BEARING TEST
1. Test the healthy wrist first (record the results)
2. Test the injured wrist – slowly
Stop at the edge of pain – any pain! (record the results)
3. RETEST the injured wrist taped or wearing the WristWidget®. (record the results)
Record your results: Download Weight Bearing Test Log to measure your progress.
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.
INJURED WRIST TEST RESULTS
(without tape or WristWidget)
|< 45# / < 20 kg||45-65# / 20-29 kg||> 65# / >29 kg|
|Severe injury||Moderate injury||Mild injury|
TFCC information here.
What do I do until I get my WristWidget®?
Tape your wrist (as in the photo above) until it arrives. Protect the wrist. No lifting over 2 lbs. keep the elbow and shoulder moving and stretched. Change diet. Start acupuncture. Don’t make it any worse. A test result of <45# lbs is not a functional wrist so don’t push it. Let it rest.
How do I know if my wrist is healing?
Measure your weight bearing tolerance while wearing the WristWidget every 7 days. This should be done to the edge before pain but no further. Record your measurements to keep track of your progress as your wrist heals. Follow the TFCC Recovery Protocol handout above. Your results should improve each week. If it does not, please contact us - let's see what's causing the delay.
How long does it take for a TFCC tear to heal?