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What is a TFCC Tear?

The triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC) is a structure on the little finger side of the wrist, that supports the small carpal bones in the area, also keeping the forearm bones stable when using the hand to grasp or rotating the forearm.

TFCC Tear Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex Tear Injury


There are two types of TFCC Tear, both caused by different factors:

  • Type 1 tears:
    These are known as traumatic tears, often caused by accidents such as falling on an outstretched arm.
  • Type 2 tears:
    These are degenerative conditions that occur with age, as the cartilage is worn down over time.


  • Weakened grip
  • Clicking and swelling of the wrist
  • Pain at the base of the little finger side of the wrist


Depending on the severity of the tear, there are both surgical and non-surgical options available. The non-surgical treatments include anti-inflammatory medication, steroid injections or wearing a splint.

The surgical procedure for treating a TFCC Tear can see the surgeon fix the tear by cleaning the torn edges and damaged tissue off, allowing it to heal over time. It may however require suturing to fix the tear.