Weight Bearing Test
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
The Weight Bearing Test is the best way to know to test if you have a Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex (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.
The results from a digital scale give you an untrue value for the severity of your injury.
HOW TO PERFORM THE WEIGHT BEARING TEST
1. Test the healthy wrist first
(record the results)
3. RETEST the injured wrist taped or wearing the WristWidget®.
Click here for a pdf transcript of the video.
Record your results. Download Weight Bearing Test Log to measure your progress.
Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex (TFCC) injury
- Significant difference between healthy and injured pressing ability
- Immediate increase in weight pressing ability with tape/WristWidget®
- Pain noticeably relieved
- Order a WristWidget® for non-surgical healing
Injured wrist test results WITH tape/WristWidget®
<45# / <20kg = Severe TFCC tear Click for treatment
45-65# / 20-29 kg = Moderate TFCC tear Click for treatment
>65# / 29kg = Mild TFCC tear Click for treatment
Tendonitis or other non-TFCC injury
- Minimal difference in pressing ability with and without tape/WristWidget®
- Pressing ability with injured wrist is similar to that of healthy wrist
- Your wrist may ache when taped or wearing the WristWidget®
- You probably do NOT have a TFCC injury and the WristWidget® won't aid in healing.
What do I do until I get my WristWidget®?
Tape your wrist (as instructed at :41 in the video) until it arrives. Protect the wrist. No lifting over 1 lb. 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 Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex (TFCC) tear to heal?