What is the TFCC?

The triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC) is a group of ligament and cartilage structures inside the wrist. This structure plays an important role in controlling and maintaining normal wrist function. Most commonly the TFCC is injured following a fall or fracture. The result of this type of injury is intense pain, especially during twisting movements.

I think I have injured my TFCC. What should I do?

The first step of treating TFCC problems is an examination conducted by an orthopedic surgeon. This will then, most likely be followed by an MRI scan in order to identify and recommend treatment dependent on the severity of the injury.

If I do have a TFCC injury, how is it treated?

TFCC problems are quite diverse in nature and therefore there are lots of options for treatment. The majority of which are treatable without surgery. A few people need keyhole surgery to either confirm or treat the problem. In a very small minority of cases a hand surgeon may recommend a larger procedure in order to successfully treat more serious injuries.

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