Nov 15, 2013, 12:40 PM
Registered: Nov 15, 2013
I've actually injured the TFCC in both wrists while climbing (separated by ~6 years), and treated them differently. The first time, I went for the suggested surgery, and the recovery was long, painful, and incomplete to the point where I avoid underclinging with my left hand as much as possible. The next time (right wrist this time), I treated myself with a long recovery period filled with mild exercise and swimming, LOTS of swimming. The low impact exercise of swimming I believe led to a much healthier wrist in the right wrist versus the left. The proper course of treatment of course depends on your exact injury, and the severity of it, but my experience was that the surgery quite possibly made things worse. I haven't heard many success stories about TFCC surgery either, making me think my experience isn't an isolated case.
Edit: It may be a long road to recovery, but I wanted to get the point across that it is possible. It took a while, but I was able to get my climbing back to V6/5.12b/c levels with dedication and care (until another injury, oi). I hope you can do the same.
(This post was edited by DJS on Nov 15, 2013, 12:42 PM)