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Physical Therapy for TFCC Injuries

Can a Physical Therapist Help with TFCC Tear Treatment?

If you’ve been diagnosed with a TFCC tear, your physical therapist will work with you to design a specific treatment program that might include physical therapy, exercises you can do at home, or a wrist brace. These programs are designed to  help you return to your normal lifestyle and activities.

smiling physical therapist in a white lab coat working on patient's knee

Your physical therapist will help you learn:

  • The causes of your injury and how to avoid them. Your physical therapist can help you to understand the causes of repetitive strain injuries, as well as how to avoid or modify your activity to allow healing to begin.
  • How to Improve motion and flexibility. If your physical therapist finds that your muscles are tight, they will assist you with stretching and show you how to stretch properly.
  • How to improve strength with exercises and/or equipment to help restore your strength and agility. If a TFCC wrist brace or splint is recommended for you to use on your wrist, your physical therapist will explain how to properly wear it, how often you should remove it, and any exercises to do when it is removed.
  • When and how to return to normal activities. Your physical therapist will help you to determine your work, sport, and home life recovery path so that you return to normal in the safest, fastest, and most effective way possible.

Megan Barclay  has over 20 years of experience practicing as a physical therapist in orthopaedic and sports medicine with various high level athletes and performers. She enjoys specializing in gender differences in orthopaedic injuries from incidence to treatment and how products should be designed to address these differences.