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    Old 08-05-2016, 05:26 PM   #1
    tenreasy
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    ulnar shortening

    Tore my TFCC. The MRI indicated Ulnar impaction. The surgeon recommended ulnar shortening. I play a musical instrument and want to continue. Would you hold off on the surgery until the pain gets significant and constant (maybe a pain level of 5 or more on a scale of 10)? Received one cortisone shot in the TFCC area that did not do anything. However received another cortisone shot several months later by the ECU tendon and that alleviated significant - almost all pain. Right now I only feel wrist pain if I lift something heavy. Other than that I do not have much pain at all. The ulnar shortening scares the bejeesus out of me!

     
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    Old 08-24-2016, 07:19 AM   #2
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    Re: ulnar shortening

    I just had mine done on 8-8. So far its hasnt been too bad. Granted i dont play an instrument, but so far im glad i went through with it. I didnt have any tears, but like you it only hurt if i moved a certain way or lifted something heavy. With my job i had to do that often though. In my opinion its best to fix it now before more damage is done. More damage means more intensive surgery and longer recovery

     
    Old 11-10-2016, 12:57 PM   #3
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    My doctor said that I will NOT cause any more damage just by using the wrist. Whatever damage was done is done and it cannot be made worse. Two orthos basically said that not getting the surgery is an option that people go with. Since I play a musical instrument, I am very very cautious. I would say most of the pain is gone since having the cortisone injection into the ECU. If there is pain then I apply ice. Right now I will postpone surgery unless the pain gets very bad and impacts my daily life. I think the conservative approach is the best.

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