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What is TFCC?

The triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC) is a cartilage structure located on the small finger side of the wrist that, cushions and supports the small carpal bones in the wrist. The TFCC keeps the forearm bones (radius and ulna) stable when the hand grasps or the forearm rotates. An injury or tear to the TFCC can cause chronic wrist pain.

What are the Symptoms of a TFCC Tear?

Common symptoms of a TFCC tear include:

  • Pain, at the base of small finger side of the wrist
  • Pain worsens as the wrist is bent from side to side
  • Swelling in the wrist
  • Painful clicking in the wrist
  • Loss of grip strength

How is a TFCC Tear Diagnosed?

TFCC tears are diagnosed through careful examination of the wrist. This involves some manipulation to see the extent and location of pain and immobility. An X-ray may be performed to check for fractures and other abnormalities. The most reliable imaging test is an MRI, which allows doctors to inspect the tissue and cartilage to see the extent of the injury. It is important for a patient to see a board certified physician specializing in treating wrist conditions soon after a traumatic injury.

What are the Treatments for TFCC Tear?

Treatment of a TFCC tear depends on stage of severity.

Non-surgical Treatment Options

  • Splint or cast
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Physiotherapy
  • Steroid injection
  • Ultrasound therapy

Surgical Treatment Options

Surgery is generally needed for those tears that don't heal or respond to the conservative treatment. This can be performed arthroscopically through limited incisions. Some tears can be "fixed," simply by "debriding" or cleaning the torn edges and damaged tissue off. Others tears can be directly repaired using sutures.

Research shows that this surgery, far from being a helpful long-term solution, actually leads to an increase in negative forces in the wrist that lead to future injuries.

ReGen provides a non surgical alternative to manage these injuries with the use of stem cells. We use image guidance to precisely place concentrated stem cells or platelets from your body directly where they are needed. These cells then work in the site of your injury and repair damaged tissues and achieves positive outcomes for the patient. This innovative procedure restores shoulder function and mobility and decrease pain without the need for surgery by regenerating damaged tissues. The biomechanics of the joint is not disturbed leading to excellent results and early ambulation.

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