The TFCC (Triangular Fibro-Cartilaginous Complex) Part 1

The hand and wrist are considered one of the more specialised and intricate regions of the human body. Let’s talk about the TFCC otherwise known as the triangular fibro-cartilaginous complex. A key structure that stabilises the distal radioulnar joint (DRUJ) and the ulnar carpal joint (UCJ). Whilst not necessarily the most common injury, it is one that is quite easily distinguishable amongst the many injuries that occur in the hand and wrist.

Common signs and symptoms include ulnar sided wrist pain that is typically exacerbated with forearm pronation/supination, ulnar deviation and with reduced grip strength, clicking and general instability at the wrist. 

According to the literature, the gold standard for any diagnosis is an arthroscopy, but there are also favourable diagnostic indicators with an MRI. In combination with special tests inclusive of the TFCC compression test, stress test, press tests, fovea sign. 

Stay tuned for some common exercises that we use to treat TFCC injuries!

Jamie Cheok – BeFit Training Physio Coogee

Jamie Cheok – BeFit Training Physio Coogee

Jamie Cheok is a physiotherapist based in Coogee in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. Jamie has successfully treated musculoskeletal problems on the basis of a thorough assessment and diagnosis coupled with evidence-based rehabilitation programs tailored to the needs and goals of each individual. To book a consultation, click the link below.

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