Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex (TFCC) Tears

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This condition is a degenerative or traumatic tear of one or more parts of the triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC), which stabilizes the ulna. The TFCC is composed of a group of ligaments that form connections between the radius, ulna and the carpal bones of the hand. At the center of these ligaments lies the most commonly injured structure, the triangular fibrocartilage disc, which is connected between the radius and the base of the ulnar styloid.

What are TFCC tears?

This detailed video describes TFCC tears, including their causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment. Treatment options include rest, icing and anti-inflammatory medications for mild symptoms. A wrist brace, splint or cast may be used to prevent motion as the inflammation subsides. In severe cases with persistent pain or instability, surgery may be required to debride or repair the tear.