TFCC Tear - Carrollton, TX
Dr. Christopher D. Allmon is a board certified orthopedic surgeon practising in Carrollton, TX. He has an expertise in treating various hand and wrist related medical conditions such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, hand pain, Boxer’s Fracture etc.


TFCC or the triangular fibrocartilage complex is a cartilage structure located on the small finger side. It acts as cushion that supports the carpal bones in the wrist. An injury to this fibrocartilage complex is known as TFCC Tear. It is common in people who paly racquet and bat sports such as tennis, badminton, baseball etc.

Types of TFCC Tears

  • Traumatic TFCC tears
  • Degenerative or Chronic TFCC tears

Causes Of TFCC Tear

  • Wrist fractures
  • Falling over a surface that cause wrist to bend inwards
  • An unusual longer ulna
  • Overstretching of arm
  • Excessive wrist rotation
  • Degenerative diseases

Symptoms Of TFCC Tear

  • Pain while rotating the wrist
  • Affliction at the base of small finger
  • Difficulty in gripping objects
  • Swelling in the wrist
  • Feeling of wrist giving away
  • Difficulty in carrying out daily activities such as turning a doorknob or key in the door, using a can opener, or lifting a heavy pan or gallon of milk etc.

Diagnosis Of TFCC Tear

In order to diagnose TFCC the doctor may check wrist’s range of motion. To have a clearer view of the problem the doctor may recommend imaging tests like MRI or CT scans. These tests allow the doctors to visualize damaged tissues, cartilages and bones.

Treatment For TFCC Tear

Non-surgical treatment procedures may provide sufficient healing to the damaged wrist. For this, the doctor may suggest the patients to take anti-inflammatory and pain relieving medicines. In order to immobilize the wrist, he may ask the patients to wear wrist splints or braces as well. In some cases the doctors may suggest icing the hands.

In severe cases when the patient does not recover by conservative methods, the doctor may recommend an open or arthroscopic surgery. To do this he may make an incision to clean the damaged cartilage and tissues or fix the damaged bones with the help of sutures. In case the condition is due an elongated ulna bone pressuring the TFCC, the doctors may cut the bone to its appropriate length.

For effective treatment of TFCC tear, visit Dr. Allmon. To schedule an appointment with the hand and wrist surgeon in Carrollton, TX, you can call at (972) 492 – 1334.