Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex (TFCC) Tears
The TFCC is a small disc of fibrocartilage which sits at the end of the forearm bone on the little finger side of the wrist and stabilises the wrist during grasping activities.
Tears are classified by;
- Traumatic cause
- Degenerative cause
The older you are, the more likely you are to sustain a degenerative TFCC tear.
Misdiagnosis is easy, since symptoms such as pain, weakness, cracking and grinding, are common symptoms to other wrist conditions, like a broken wrist. MRI may be the best diagnostic tool for this condition.
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TFCC tear symptoms may include;
- Pain and discomfort on the little finger side of the wrist
- Wrist rotation can make the pain worse
- Cracking and grinding may come from the wrist
There are two causes of TFCC injury;
Such as getting your hand & wrist caught in a door or under a heavy object.
Poor blood supply and repetitive wear and tear is enough to cause injury to the TFCC.
To diagnose a broken wrist, the consultant will question the patient to:
- Understand the nature of the injury (sports, work, accident, overuse etc)
- Determine the cause of the injury (impact, collision, fall, repetitive/slow onset)
- Understand the context of the suffering (age, return to sport, work, impact on daily living)
- Perform a physical examination to ascertain pain and stability
- Perform specialised wrist tests to confirm diagnosis
Your wrist will present with the following positive signs;
- Traumatic or degenerative onset
- Painful over the little finger side of the wrist
- Loss of movement to the wrist
- Positive MRI
If you have sustained a TFCC tear, you have a serious condition which needs expert consideration. Dr Manish Gupta is a wrist expert and can quickly diagnose your condition to determine the right care for you.
Dr Gupta is an experienced Orthopaedic surgeon and consultant who specialises in wrist & hand conditions.
Treatment of a TFCC tear injury begins with a thorough diagnosis to understand the severity of the condition in the context of your age, your sport, your work and your life to understand what is important to you about your recovery.
A TFCC tear will not be able to repair without surgery. You will be able to manage with a torn TFCC, but it will cause problems in the future. Non-surgical treatment involves;
- Pain and anti-inflammatory medication
- Consideration for surgery
- Physiotherapy rehab protocol
An Arthroscopic operation which repairs a torn TFCC
Post Operative Rehab Treatment
Dr Gupta uses a proven rehabilitation process for each of his operative procedures. Find out more about our rehab here at our Post-Op TFCC Rehab Protocol
Dr Gupta is an experienced Orthopaedic consultant specialising in wrist & hand conditions. Book and appointment to see Dr Gupta by calling 02 9687 8344 or using our online priority booking form.