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  1. I haven't had surgery but the ortho I went to for my injury said there are two types of TFCC tears, one more severe than the other. He estimated the less severe of the two to be a 3 month recovery and the more severe of the two to be a 6 month recovery. As with any surgery, I'm sure it will be even longer until you feel entirely 100%. Thanks for the reply...just met with one of the best hand wrist guys who does a lot work with professional baseball players. After the MRI came back I have no tears but moderate damage to the cartilage and ecu tendon. I'm getting a scope done on Thursday to cl
  2. I haven't had surgery but the ortho I went to for my injury said there are two types of TFCC tears, one more severe than the other. He estimated the less severe of the two to be a 3 month recovery and the more severe of the two to be a 6 month recovery. As with any surgery, I'm sure it will be even longer until you feel entirely 100%.
  3. Really glad to hear that TFCC has been ruled out for you. My ortho (also hand specialist and lead surgeon for the NYJ, not that it means anything) did a similar set of tests. I too had pain when my left hand was bent toward the ulnar side and he was convinced my issue was with the TFCC. This was proven true when the cortisone injection I was given into the TFCC signficantly helped the pain. Not saying your Ortho is wrong, just something to consider. I also had pain when turning my palm face up while keeping my left elbow tucked against my side. Did this bother you? You might want to ques
  4. Hi all. Just bumping this thread. My condition is worsening by the day. If anyone new has dealt with this I'd love to hear your story and any advise you have. With firm sole golf shoes and my orthotics I can still play 18, albeit with some minor pain. I'm at the point now during the day where I have a constant, manageable dull pain that is only going to get worse. I imagine within the next year I will be on the operating table.
  5. Quick update. It's been roughly 3 months since the onset of my ulnar-sided wrist pain and 6-7 weeks since my cortisone injection. The wrist is holding up well. The wrist widget has been an absolute god-send. I strongly suggest to anyone that has not yet tried it out to do so. I played in my club's member/guest two weekends ago which was roughly 50 holes in a 48 hour span and the brace got me through the event (mostly) pain free (although I scored horribly). After countless hours reading up on this issue I've come to the realization that a minor tear/sprain of the ligaments and/or cartil
  6. Disregard, I see now that you answered this already. Thx.
  7. j.b., thanks for your note. Was your fracture to the hook of the hamate? Also, where were your tears? My ortho told me that if I do, in fact, have tears, that recovery could be quick (a month or two) or more drawn out (6 months +) depending on where the tear is. The impression that I got was that if the ligament/cartilage was tearing off the bone that it would take longer to heal and if it was not impacting the attachment to the bone it would be a shorter recovery. Based on the fact that your recovery was 9 months I assume your surgery was a bit more involved?
  8. Really glad to hear that TFCC has been ruled out for you. My ortho (also hand specialist and lead surgeon for the NYJ, not that it means anything) did a similar set of tests. I too had pain when my left hand was bent toward the ulnar side and he was convinced my issue was with the TFCC. This was proven true when the cortisone injection I was given into the TFCC signficantly helped the pain. Not saying your Ortho is wrong, just something to consider. I also had pain when turning my palm face up while keeping my left elbow tucked against my side. Did this bother you? You might want to ques
  9. JB, your issue seems nearly identical to mine. This is really encouraging to hear. The more time that goes by without improvement, the more i'm resigning to the fact that surgery is in my future. The fact that after 3.5 months you're a proponent is nice to hear. Can you provide some detail on your recovery regimen post op? How long were you in different type of casts, when did you start PT (and how long) and what sort of progression did you feel throughout the process? One of my big concerns is that I work at a desk job where both typing and driving (to visit clients) is necessary. How
  10. I had my appointment with Ortho last Friday. X-Rays came back fine. He felt around and essentially assumed I have a tear that's been aggravated. He gave me a cortisone injection, told me to lay off it for a week and then pick up the club and see how it feels. If the pain doesn't subside I'll get an MRI for a firm diagnosis and then we may need to discuss surgical options. He said their are two arthroscopic procedures for this sort of tear (if that's what it is). If the tear is in the middle of the ligament, the return to activity would be fairly quick - a month or two. If the tear is mo
  11. We'll have to keep in touch. I'll be interested to know how your recovery goes. I was able to get to the store and hit some shots at about 80% today. I'm still very "aware" of it and there is some soreness but nothing like the shooting paid i was experiencing originally so i guess it's progressing. I'm still going to continue resting it and stretching it though. For the last week or so I've kept the wrist in one of those wrist splints that you see at any pharmacy. I've only taken it off to shower. I found that without it being in a splint I would instinctively use it, causing pain thr
  12. Have you tried to hit any balls yet? How did it go? My pain is definitely in the TFCC area but I've heard that a tell tale sign of a TFCC injury is pain when trying to do pushups. I have no pain currently when doing pushups but significant pain when roating my arm from face down to face up. I'm concerned that what i have is ulnar impaction which, if what i'm ready correctly, is murder for a golf game. Very frustrating.
  13. Seaweed: My understanding was that pain in the hamate bone is more concentrated in the middle of your wrist, not on the outside of the pinky side. Also, I can do pushups without pain (i.e. bending my wrist backwards and applying force doesn't really hurt). It's more the side to side movement and twisting (turning a door knob or opening the lid on a jar) that's painful. I will certainly ask the doc about it though.
  14. Monte: Is this an injury you were diagnosed with? With the way it feels right now I feel like it would be nearly impossible for a massage to do enough to get me back on the course but i'm interested to hear about your experience...
  15. We'll have to keep in touch. I'll be interested to know how your recovery goes.
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