The WristWidget® was invented in 2006 in a hand clinic in Hawaii. It is a direct response to a patient who refused current treatment for ulna sided wrist pain due to a TFCC or Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex injury.
Originally all were hand sewn one by one by Wendy alone, now each is made by Wendy and her family in Hawaii with the best materials available. The materials come from 5 countries and are designed to provide the perfect non-elastic support for up to 8 months.
The WristWidget® is sold on every continent, in 151 countries, and we have distributed over half a million to date. Over the years, we have articulated an effective protocol for treating the TFCC. Wendy is heavily involved in research around the globe and has collected data on thousands of cases. This injury is poorly understood but we know that it can heal properly without surgery.
It is our hope that everyone diagnosed with a TFCC (Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex) tear can find a place where they can learn and share their experiences. We all can make a difference in healthcare.
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Hello!!! My name's Wendy and I am the inventor and patent holder of the WristWidget®, a solution for those with tears of the Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex.
I am an Occupational Therapist with a specialty in hands or CHT- Certified Hand Therapist. My fascination with the hands started at a young age when I became intrigued with the incredible dexterity that allowed me to play the piano, repair engines, write and function so well. It led me down the path of medicine at Chaminade University and then obtain a Bachelors of Science in Occupational Therapy. My work at Shriners Hospital in Hawaii led me to meet the hand therapist who demonstrated the incredible ability to mold and form materials into the hands of children. My passion excelled at Stanford University Hospital and Clinics where I received the most incredible exposure to all the areas of medicine. There are too many to list here.
I opened my private practice in Redwood City California upon the birth of my second child. Then returned to my hometown to open 3 clinics in Honolulu, Kailua, and Queens. It was here that I invented the WristWidget®. Now - the WristWidget® has expanded to all continents and the cases are over 500,000. I never imagined that I would have the opportunity to look at an injury every day, all day. With this has come great knowledge and understanding of an important dynamic of the human wrist.
My work now is entirely manufacturing, distribution and research. My hope is to influence the way we understand the TFCC and its incredible capacity to heal. With time and research, the work of the many who have shared their stories and experiences will be published. Hopefully soon, a patient with ulnar-sided wrist pain can receive an early and non-invasive diagnosis and an effective treatment.
Warmest Aloha to all of the mentors, teachers, patients, clinicians, friends and family who have guided me along this path.