Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex (TFCC) Tear – Frisco, TX
Dr. Victoria D. Knoll, a Frisco, TX based hand surgeon, provides comprehensive treatment for a wide range of orthopedic conditions. She has extensive experience in using surgical and non-surgical techniques to treat Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex Tear.

Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex (TFCC) Tear

The Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex (TFCC) is a triangular-shaped structure located between the end of ulna and carpal bones in the wrist. It comprises of various ligaments and cartilages that provide cushioning to the small carpal bones. It also enables various wrist movements such as bending, straightening and rotating. Any tear or injury in the TFCC can result in chronic wrist pain.

TFCC tears can be broadly classified into two categories:

  • Type 1 tears: These can occur due to a sudden traumatic event or force
  • Type 2 tears: These tears are degenerative in nature and occur over a period of time

Causes Of Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex Tear

  • Falling on an outstretched arm
  • High-impact movements while playing tennis or performing gymnastics
  • Power drill injuries
  • Degenerative changes
  • Congenital Ulnar variance
  • A prominent forward curve in the ulnar bone

Symptoms Of Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex Tear

  • Wrist pain along the ulnar side of the wrist
  • Pain may worsen with activities that require forearm rotation
  • Inflammation in the wrist
  • Clicking or popping sound
  • Weakness in the wrist
  • Difficulty performing routine activities
  • Limited movement

Diagnosis Of Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex Tear

  • The doctor may first note down the medical history of the patient along with symptoms experienced
  • A thorough physical examination of the wrist may be conducted
  • Stress tests may be conducted to determine the exact location of injury
  • The doctor may rotate the forearm in a palm-up position to check range of motion
  • Wrist extension may also be performed to test for excess movement and difficulty associated with it
  • A test known as fovea sign may be done to check for pain and tenderness in the wrist
  • X-Rays and MRI scans may be performed to rule out bone fracture, ligament injury or soft tissue damage

Treatment For Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex Tear

Non-surgical treatment methods may be recommended if the wrist is still stable.

Non-surgical treatment

  • A temporary splint may be used to immobilize the wrist and allow it to heal
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may be prescribed to relieve pain and inflammation
  • Physical therapy may be helpful in regaining wrist strength

Surgical treatment

Arthroscopic TFCC repair may be performed if the tear does not heal with conservative treatment.

For complete treatment of Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex (TFCC) Tear, visit Dr. Knoll in Frisco, TX. To schedule an appointment with the hand surgeon, you can call at (214) 618 – 5502.