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TFCC Injury – Wrist Injury

Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex or TFCC is cartilage located on the side of the wrist towards the smaller finger. It cushions and supports the small bones (Carpals) of the wrist. It is primary to the movement and flexibility of the wrist.

Types of TFCC Injuries:

  1. Traumatic TFCC injuries
  2. Degenerative TFCC injuries

TFCC disruption happens either due to an injury or as part of degenerative changes in the body. An injury is generally sustained, when a person falls on his hands in such a way that the wrist bends backward. This causes compression on the cartilage. Degenerative changes in the TFCC structure are more rapid and severe as we get older, commonly in people above 50 years of age. Due to age, the soft tissue structures become thinner, making the TFCC vulnerable to tear even with trivial force or minutest trauma.

Symptoms:

  • Pain in the wrist, mainly towards the side of the little finger
  • Swelling in the wrist
  • Painful clicking on the wrist
  • Loss of grip strength
  • Pain increases with wrist movements

Management at AktivHealth:

AktivHealth doctors and physiotherapists, work as a team and carry out an elaborate assessment of the patient, which includes :

  • Assessing the type of injury
  • Intensity and cause of the pain
  • Planning an individualized treatment protocol

The goals of treatment are to:

1. Reduce pain and inflammation
2. Strengthen muscles
3. Improve stability and biomechanics of the joint

The treatment plan may include manual therapy, dry needling, Kinesio Taping and Aktiv therapy (Medical exercise therapy)

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