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Fibrocartilage Complex Injuries Hand Therapy
Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex Injuries Hand Therapy
“Working with a knowledgeable hand therapist can make the difference between success and failure in complex hand surgical cases. The therapist extends the continuum of our care, as well as functioning as coach and trainer for our patients.”
Marybeth Ezaki, MD, Past President, American Society for Surgery of the Hand
In Phoenix Rehab, our senior hand therapists are experienced licensed and dedicated therapists (physiotherapists and/or occupational therapists) who specialized ONLY in the rehabilitation, treatment and management of painful fingers, hands, wrists, forearm & elbow conditions, because of interest, passion and expertise.
Our wrist joint is made up of the two long bones of the forearm (the radius and ulna) and eight small wrist (carpal) bones.
There is a specific supportive structure called the triangular fibrocartilage complex ( TFCC) that connects the ulna to the carpal bones, making the joint stronger and more stable.
A TFCC injury is any injury to the disk, ligaments or tendon that make up the triangular fibrocartilage complex.
What causes a TFCC injury?
Typically, a TFCC injury is caused by either falling down on the palm of the hand or during activities that combine firm gripping and forearm rotation, such as using a screwdriver.
A TFCC injury may also come on gradually because of changes in the wrist joint, like those that occur with arthritis or after a bone fracture.
Example of firm gripping with forearm rotation
What are the symptoms of a TFCC injury?
The symptoms of a TFCC injury include pain on the pinky side of the wrist that can worsen with gripping, moving the wrist in the direction of the pinky (such as when reaching to strike keys when typing) and forearm rotation (such as turning a doorknob).
- Loss of wrist motion
- weakness of grip
- swelling and
- wrist clicking
may also occur with a TFCC injury.
What is the treatment of aTFCC injury?
If a doctor suspects a TFCC injury exists, an MRI may be done to view the tissue.
Some cases of TFCC injury require protection and hand therapy until healing occurs, while others may require surgery.
What can a hand therapist do for me?
Our senior hand therapists works directly with a doctor to assist in treating a TFCC injury. A custom orthosis may be made to support the wrist and protect the TFCC.
We will also provide education on
Example of TFCC orthosis
Patients may also receive the following hand therapy treatment modalities:
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