Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex (TFCC) Tear - Carrollton
Dr. Neagle, a leading hand and wrist surgeon in Carrollton, TX, providing treatment for Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex (TFCC) Tear. He uses advanced techniques to diagnose the root cause of the injury and formulates a treatment plan accordingly.


TFCC is located on the little finger or Ulnar side of the wrist that provides cushioning and support to the carpal bones. It facilitates rotation of the forearm and lends stability to the wrist bones. A TFCC Tear refers to an injury or wear and tear of the TFCC that leads to pain in the outer wrist.

Causes Of TFCC Tear

  • Injury due to a fall or excessive rotation of the forearm may cause the TFCC to tear and rupture.
  • A degenerative TFCC Tear occurs due to aging or other conditions like Rheumatoid Arthritis and Gout.
  • Tennis players and gymnasts are more susceptible to the condition.
  • In case an Ulnar Styloid fracture doesn’t heal completely, TFCC Tear may develop.
  • Ulnar Impaction Syndrome, i.e. a ‘long ulna’ may also be responsible for tear and rupture of the TFCC.

Symptoms Of TFCC Tear

  • Pain in the little finger
  • Diffused pain throughout the wrist area instead of being focused at one point
  • Swelling and weakness in the wrist
  • Tenderness and instability
  • Limitation of forearm rotation
  • Painful cracking or clicking of the wrist

Diagnosis Of TFCC Tear

  • Physical examination: The orthopedic doctor may ask questions about the injury and severity of pain. He may then check for any loss in strength and stability of the wrist. The doctor may also look for signs of redness, swelling and tenderness in the affected area.
  • X-Ray: It may be helpful in diagnosis if a bone fracture has caused TFCC tear.
  • MRI Scan: This advanced imaging test helps to determine the extent as well as location of (the injury.

Treatment For TFCC Tear

  • Medications: The doctor may prescribe non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications to provide pain relief to the patient.
  • Immobilization: To restrict movement and stabilize the wrist, a cast or temporary splint may be worn for 4-6 weeks.
  • Steroid injections: In case of severe pain, steroid injections may be given to the patient
  • Physical therapy: The doctor may recommend certain exercises to regain full movement and strength of the wrist.
  • Surgical treatment: It depends on the type and extent of injury. It may be opted in case non-surgical treatment does not provide relief.

In case TFCC Tear occurs due to a long Ulna bone, it can be cut to an appropriate length via arthroscopy or an open surgery. After the surgery, immobilization using a cast or splint may be advised for complete recovery, followed by physical therapy.

For effective treatment of Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex (TFCC) Tear, consult Dr. Neagle. To schedule an appointment with the hand surgeon in Carrollton, TX, call at (972) 492 – 1334.