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TFCC Tear

TFCC Tear (or Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex injuries) usually involves the medial (or ulnar) aspect of the wrist joint (or along the side of your little finger). Mild cases of TFCC tear are usually categorized under the wrist sprain; however, in most cases, the injury process may lead to complete degeneration of the triangular ligament of the wrist.

What is a TFCC Tear?

The Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex or TFCC is a small area between the lunate, triquetrum and ulnar head of the hand, and it acts as a stabilizer for the wrist during movements of rotation and grasping with the hand. As such, it can be susceptible to tears. 

TFCC Tear

Signs and Symptoms of TFCC Tear

Classic presentation of TFCC include symptoms like;

  • Diffuse pain in the wrist region
  • Inability to perform simple wrist related activities (such as twisting or turning movements of wrist)
  • Feeling of crepitation and weakness during wrist activity
  • Soft tissue instability

Causes of TFCC Tear

There are two types of TFCC tear:

  • Type 1 TFCC Tear: these are caused by an injury, such as falling and landing on an outstretched arm
  • Type 2 TFCC Tear: these are caused by the breakdown of cartilage in the TFCC, and are brought on usually by age or an underlying condition, such as gout.  

Experts also believe that chronic stress in the form of high demanding sports (such as gymnastics or tennis) can aggravate the risk of TFCC injuries.

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