Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex (TFCC) Tears Treated at Mercy

The Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist and Hand Center at Mercy - Baltimore, MD

At The Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist and Hand Center at Mercy orthopedic surgeons specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of complicated wrist conditions, such as a triangular fibrocartilage complex tear. Patients from the Baltimore region seek Mercy's expertise in understanding the complexities of wrist conditions.

About the Condition

The triangular fibrocartilage complex is a structure of cartilage located in the wrist on the little finger side. This structure provides support and cushioning to the wrist’s carpal bones and helps stabilize the forearm. TFCC tears can be classified into two types:

  • Traumatic tears – occur from a fall or repetitive movements
  • Degenerative or chronic tears – occur with aging as the cartilage wears down
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Symptoms & Diagnostic Process

Triangular fibrocartilage complex (TCFF) tear symptoms include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Clicking or catching
  • Loss of motion

An orthopedic doctor specializing in hand and wrist conditions can diagnose a triangular fibrocartilage complex (TCFF) tear during a physical exam. An MRI is used to view the severity of the tear and X-rays may be taken to rule out fractures or other conditions.

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Treatment Options

Non-surgical treatment options for triangular fibrocartilage complex (TCFF) tears include:

  • Immobilization
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Cortisone injection

Surgery may be the best treatment option when non-surgical treatments do not provide symptom relieve. An orthopedic surgeon specializing in wrist and hand conditions can perform arthroscopic surgery to repair a triangular fibrocartilage complex (TCFF) tear.