If you feel pain in your wrist when gripping something tightly or pushing on your hand to get up from your chair you may have a triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC) injury or tear. TFCC problems can be caused by falling on an outstretched hand, from overuse or with age as the cartilage in your wrist wears down. An injury or tear to the TFCC can cause chronic wrist pain. Athletes, particularly gymnasts and baseball players who endure weight or force to their hands, are especially prone to TFCC injuries. Learn what is a TFCC wrist injury and how to treat it.
What Is TFCC?
The triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC) is a group of ligaments located on the side of your wrist -below the small finger. These ligaments cushion and support the small bones in your wrist and help to keep your forearm steady when you grasp something or turn it. Sometimes called a wrist sprain, TFCC can be painful and can cause loss of motion and chronic pain.
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Symptoms and Treatment of TFCC
The most common symptoms of a TFCC injury or tear are pain in your wrist on the pinky side, with a clicking or popping sound when moving your wrist or rotating your forearm. You may also experience swelling and tenderness in your wrist.
Applying ice and taking anti-inflammatory medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen can help with your pain and swelling. Resting your hand and wrist in a brace or splint is important for healing and can help prevent further injury. A splint that allows your fingers to move freely makes it easier to wear without having to remove it for everyday activities.
There are only a few splints designed specifically to address TFCC problems. The 3pp Carpal Lift Splint and the 3pp Wrist POP Splint help support your wrists and reduce pain and pressure. The straps on both splints lift and reposition your ligaments and wrist bones to aid in healing and reduce the clicking and popping felt when turning your hand or bending your wrist. They’re comfortable to be worn during activity and are recommended for healing for incomplete tears and when surgery is not needed or is delayed.
TFCC problems can be very persistent and rarely go away by themselves. An orthopedic surgeon who specializes in hand and wrist problems can diagnose your condition and recommend a treatment plan.Like what you’ve read? Click here to subscribe to the blog!
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