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3 months after tfcc tear wrist is still popping and clicking and causing discomfort. What does this mean?

3 months after tfcc tear wrist is still popping and clicking and causing discomfort. What does this mean?

Wrist TFCC helps to: Stabilize the ulna and radius. The radius spins around the ulna and the tfcc attaches to a fixed point on the ulna and a broader area on the radius. Tfcc is a cartilage structure and if torn, clicks, swelling and irritaion can occur. A know tfcc tear may benefit from treatment that can include repair, debridement or at times shortening the ulna to take stress off the tfcc and the wrist.

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What is definition of joint effusion tfcc tear wrist?

What is definition of joint effusion tfcc tear wrist?

Ligament tear: The tfcc is the triangulo-fibro-cartilage complex. It connects the radius and ulna bone at the wrist. When torn can lead to pain and swelling (effusion) within the joint.

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Can a car accident cause a perforation of the tfcc of the wrist?

Can a car accident cause a perforation of the tfcc of the wrist?

Depends on injury: Tfcc tears most often caused by twisting of the wrist but can also be caused by direct compression as can be seen in a car accident.

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An MRI showed "thinning of the central portion of my tfcc " in my wrist and " minimal cystic change in the lunate. What does this mean and can it heal?

An MRI showed "thinning of the central portion of my tfcc " in my wrist and " minimal cystic change in the lunate. What does this mean and can it heal?

Depends: The tfcc (triangular fibrocartilage complex) is a complicated structure that supports the wrist on the ulnar (pinky) side. A possible explanation for the findings you describe would be one of several ulnar-sided impaction syndromes where there is excessive load bearing across that side of the wrist. The changes you describe are typical. See a hand specialist to determine if treatment is needed.

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I've had 3 tfcc repairs to my wrist over the past 6 years. I am having more pain now than ever. Whatdid is my next option?

I've had 3 tfcc repairs to my wrist over the past 6 years. I am having more pain now than ever. Whatdid is my next option?

Another surgeon: If you've had 3 tfcc repairs in the last six years, this is becoming an exercise of futility. I'd recommend seeing another hand surgeon for a second opinion maybe, because a second set of eyes is helpful with picking up subtleties on x-rays as to why you are developing these tears.

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What are some of the symptoms of a torn tfcc tear in the wrist?

What are some of the symptoms of a torn tfcc tear in the wrist?

Size of tfcc tear,: Location, ie in the central avascular part or the vascular periphery, instability, whther is acute (new) or chronic, anatomy differences all come in to play. Smaller acute tears in the periphery, not associated with instability lkely do the best. Therapy may help reduce symptoms and at times corticosteroid injections help too, but if tear is large or the ulna is unstable then may need surgery

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Why did I get my triangular fibrocartilage complex (tfcc) tear in my wrist?

Why did I get my triangular fibrocartilage complex (tfcc) tear in my wrist?

2 main causes: Trauma such as a fall can cause a peripheral tear or central flap tear. Attrition tears can also occur from repetitive loading and overuse of the wrist. People with an ulnar positive variant (longer ulna than radius) are at greater risk for either type of tear.

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Xray normal MRI shows dorsal caps sprain&hole in tfcc been 2 mos wrist is better but now having spontaneous sharp pain, surgeon said give it time. Help

Xray normal MRI shows dorsal caps sprain&hole in tfcc been 2 mos wrist is better but now having spontaneous sharp pain, surgeon said give it time. Help

Tfcc: Given your description of the findings on mri, most likely source of your pain would be the tfcc tear, if it is of a flap nature with the flap being caught within the ulnar carpal interface. If pain persists recommend wrist arthroscopic evaluation.

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Can you advise for post op wrist tfcc surgery, what to expect.?

Can you advise for post op wrist tfcc surgery, what to expect.?

Depends: If your TFCC is torn in the middle and needs to be cleaned up like a meniscus in the knee, you will probable has little immobilization and then active use. You might have 2-4 weeks of discomfort. If you tore the TFCC off the bone and it needs to be repaired then you will be immobilized for up to 6 weeks and then need a rehabilitation program.

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Can you give me suggestions with post op wrist tfcc surgery, what to expect.?

Variable: Depends upon location of the tear is it a central tear only requiring debridement or a peripheral tear which is treated with repair. Is the procedure being done arthroscopicaly or is an open repair. Are there any other associated injuries? These factors all effect the type of immobilization post op, the type of therapy required, pain level, and time until mobilization of the wrist.

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I had surgery 4 days ago on a torn wrist (TFCC), am I allowed to start smoking weed freely again? It won't affect my injury or anything will it?

I had surgery 4 days ago on a torn wrist (TFCC), am I allowed to start smoking weed freely again? It won't affect my injury or anything will it?

Avoid marijuana: Smoking (inhaling smoke, which is full of lung irritants and cancer-causing chemicals) of any kind is unhealthy. We humans are not designed to inhale the byproducts of burning organic materials and whatever other chemical additives are mixed in with the plant materials. Avoid intentionally inhaling burning materials. It's just a bad idea, and not healthy for the body.

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Is it possible to reverse thinning of the tfcc in the wrist via prolotherapy, prolozone, physiotherapy, surgery, supplements? From chronic injury

Is it possible to reverse thinning of the tfcc in the wrist via prolotherapy, prolozone, physiotherapy, surgery, supplements? From chronic injury

No.: "thinning" of the tfcc may occur with age, although it may also be associated with some degenerative conditions and/or traumatic injuries. It's not the thinning of the tfcc that needs to be treated, but the associated condition that may be causing symptoms. Physical therapy or surgery may be effective, depending on the diagnosis, but it will not reverse the thinning of the tfcc.

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I'm starting to think I have tore the tfcc (catilage) in my wrist. What are the symptoms and treatment?

Pain and locking: Pain along the ulnar border of the wrist when the wrist is loaded. Axial pressure or torsional pressure can cause pain, usually worse with the wrist in extension. Sometimes can get a locking or catching sensation with motion of the wrist. Seek care with a hand surgeon. Treatment is diagnostic, with mri, and then surgical with arthroscopic repair or debridement.

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Help please! Could cutting wrists cause tfcc tear?

Help please! Could cutting wrists cause tfcc tear?

Doubtful: The tfcc is a cartilage and ligamentous complex that extends from the ulnar styloid to the ulnar border of the radius and acts to stabilize the distal radial ulnar joint. It is deep within the wrist joint and cutting your wrists would not affect this structure. It is typically injured secondary to a fall on hyper extended wrist or with repetitive trauma.

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Should I crack my wrist on purpose if I have tfcc? It feels a lot better after.

Should I crack my wrist on purpose if I have tfcc? It feels a lot better after.

Everyome has a tfcc: Unless its been removed or there is a congenital difference. Cracking a joint is typically just making gas bubble appear out of joint fluid, but it can be a sign of tendon snapping or joint motion due to ligament injury. Making wrist pop may feel better transiently. Not y actually be better long term. The corrollary of " if it hurts don't do it " isn't if it feels good do it. Be careful

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I had TFCC surgery 4 weeks ago (central tear). I have been going to PT twice a week since. Can I reinjure my wrist golfing 4 weeks from now?

I had TFCC surgery 4 weeks ago (central tear). I have been going to PT twice a week since. Can I reinjure my wrist golfing 4 weeks from now?

Possibly: Depends on mode of treatment if just a debridement of central tear without ulnar impaction syndrome you should be okay. If a repair was performed of a more peripheral tear than avoid golf in that time frame. Ulnar impaction without ulnar shortening could be a factor as well. Discuss with your treating surgeon.

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Hi dr david tfcc injuried why is the ulnar popped out it looks swelling abit bigger then the healthy wrist? What cause the swelling ulnar? Thanks

Hi dr david tfcc injuried why is the ulnar popped out it looks swelling abit bigger then the healthy wrist? What cause the swelling ulnar? Thanks

Injury causes...: If u did injure your triangular fibrocartilage complex (tfcc) acutely there can be swelling from the injury causing the distal (end of)ulna to become prominent. See an orthopedic surgeon w/ subspecialty training in hand surgery or arthroscopy. Best of a luck!