Hello everyone! Matt and Jordan coming to you again from Aspen Ridge Physical Therapy. The topic we want to talk about today is something that can really affect your day-to-day life if it happens to you; and that is an injury to what we call the Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex, or TFCC. The TFCC is a complex formation of cartilage and ligaments that help to stabilize the wrist. We want to answer a few questions that you may have about this injury, and how to know if it has affected you.
How does the TFCC get injured?
Most commonly injured by falling onto the wrist
- This can happen if you slip the ice, trip over the dog, get tackled in football or soccer, or any other contact sport
- Can occur due to overuse
- This can cause fraying that gradually gets worse over time.
How do I know if I injured my wrist and TFCC?
- Pain in the wrist on the pinky side of the hand
- Cracking or popping with movement
- Limited movement in the wrist
- Pain that gets worse with gripping
- Weakness in the wrist and hand
- Pain when pushing anything with that hand
You can see from the list above, that having this injury could really affect a lot of things that you do daily. That makes this a very frustrating injury to have to deal with. Fortunately, at Aspen Ridge, we are prepared to help you recover and get back to doing the kinds of things you want and need to do. We as physical therapists have the tools that we need to assess you specifically, and identify the areas of weakness or deficits that are unique to you. After doing so, we will help guide you on how to modify certain things to avoid aggravating your pain. We will also create a personalized plan of care that will focus on protecting the damaged tissues, while working to increase your movement and strengthen your muscles in a way that will maximize your recovery. We have modalities and tools that can help reduce your pain along the way.
Here at Aspen Ridge Physical Therapy, we are prepared to guide you through a personalized treatment plan based on your body, your goals, and your needs. We serve the Layton, Syracuse, and Clearfield areas, but see patients from Ogden down to Bountiful. Call us today with any questions or to set up an appointment. You can reach us at 801-773-1350.