Triangular FibroCartilage Complex (TFCC) Injury

The Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex (of TFCC) is a vital part of the wrist made of tough fibrous tissue and cartilage that supports the joints between the end of the forearm bones (radius and ulna) that aids in stabilization. Additionally, the TFCC serves as a cushion between the end of the ulna and small bones of the wrist. A TFCC can tear due to everyday use or through a traumatic event. Falls on the hand or wrist, twisting injury of the wrist, or a fracture at the end of the radius are the common injuries that result in TFCC tears. 


  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Weakness
  • Limited range of motion
  • Clicking or popping 

Treatment Options

  • Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE)
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as Aleve or Ibuprofen
  • Prescription pain medication
  • Bracing or Splinting
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Surgery (if the injury is severe that includes a tear or if conservative treatment options are not effective). Possible surgical treatments are varied depending on the specific, underlying injury.

Dr. Watkins will conduct a comprehensive exam along, a review of previous medical history, and may order imaging of both extremities for comparison. 

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