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TFCC Tears and Wrist Injuries Atlanta, GA
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The triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC) is a structure in the wrist that provides stability to the joint and helps to distribute force evenly across the wrist. It is made up of several ligaments and cartilage that connect the bones of the forearm to the bones of the wrist. When the TFCC is injured, it can cause significant pain and weakness in the wrist, making it difficult to perform everyday activities.

Ortho Sport & Spine Physicians can diagnose and treat this condition to help you return to normal activities.

Causes of TFCC Tears and Wrist Injuries

TFCC tears and wrist injuries can be caused by a variety of factors. Some of the most common causes include:

  1. Repetitive stress injuries: Activities that involve repetitive wrist motions, such as typing or playing sports, can wear and tear the TFCC over time.
  2. Trauma: Falls, sports injuries and other types of traumas can cause damage to the TFCC.
  3. Aging: As we age, the cartilage in our joints can break down and become more susceptible to injury.
  4. Arthritis: Arthritis can cause inflammation and damage to the cartilage and ligaments in the wrist, including the TFCC.

Symptoms of TFCC Tears and Wrist Injuries

The symptoms of TFCC tears and wrist injuries can vary depending on the severity of the injury. Some common symptoms include:

  • Pain on the outside of the wrist: This is often the first sign of a TFCC tear or other wrist injury.
  • Weakness in the wrist: You may find it difficult to grip or hold onto objects.
  • Clicking or popping sounds: You may hear a clicking or popping sound when you move your wrist.
  • Swelling or bruising: Swelling and bruising may occur around the wrist.
  • Limited range of motion: You may find it difficult to move your wrist in certain directions.

TFCC tears are often coupled with broken bones in the hand or forearm. An x-ray may be necessary to determine any further injuries that require treatment.

Treatment Options for TFCC Tears and Wrist Injuries

The treatment options for TFCC tears and wrist injuries will depend on the severity of the injury. Some common treatment options include:

  1. Rest and immobilization: Resting the wrist and immobilizing it with a splint or brace can help reduce pain and allow the injury to heal.
  2. Physical therapy: Physical therapy can strengthen the muscles and ligaments surrounding the wrist, which can help prevent future injuries.
  3. Medications: Over-the-counter pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medications can help reduce pain and inflammation.
  4. Surgery: In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to repair or replace damaged ligaments or cartilage in the wrist.

Ortho Sport & Spine Physicians always uses minimally invasive surgical options when possible. Wrist arthroscopy is keyhole surgery involving a number of small incisions that allow your surgeon to repair the damage.

Wrist Arthroscopy for TFCC Tears

TFCC tears and wrist injuries can be painful and debilitating, but with the right treatment, most people are able to recover fully. If you are experiencing wrist pain or weakness, visit Ortho Sport & Spine Physicians to prevent further damage and promote healing.

Posted on behalf of Ortho Sport & Spine Physicians

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