Triangular FibroCartilage
(TFC) Tear

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The TFC is a triangular shaped piece of cartilage at the end of the forearm bones on the side of the little finger. It helps to complete the wrist joint. A tear/strain of the TFC commonly occurs when compressive/twisting loads are placed through the wrist, which can happen via repetitive strain e.g. a gymnast doing cartwheels, or a fall onto the wrist.

Signs and Symptoms:

  • History of repetitive trauma to wrist.
  • Painful movement of wrist.
  • Clicking/catching/grinding with wrist movements.
  • Pain worsens with activity.
  • Weakness especially with grip strength.