The WristWidget® was invented in 2006 in a hand clinic in Hawaii. It is a direct response to a patient who refused current treatment. Originally they were all hand sewn one by one by Wendy alone. Now- the WristWidget® is sold on every continent and we have distributed over half a million to date. Each one 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. Over the years, we have articulated an effective protocol for treating the TFCC. She is also heavily involved in research around the globe and has collected data on thousands and thousands of cases. The TFCC heals beautifully. This injury is poorly understood but improving. It is our hope that everyone diagnosed with a TFCC tear have 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 to 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 expands 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.