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What is a Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex injury?

The Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex (TFCC) is a small anatomical structure positioned in the wrist on the ulnar side (the same side as the pinky finger). It is used for load bearing and stability of the wrist, particularly when carrying weight.

Causes / Aetiology

TFCC injuries can occur from acute or chronic exposure. Acute injuries can occur with single events such as jarring or tearing due to high load events such as falls or wrist fractures. Chronic injuries may result from repeated exposure, such as in tennis or cricket.


TFCC injury often results in the experience of pain which is worse with loadbearing and prolonged activity. Due to its stabilising nature, injury to the TFCC may result in a feeling of instability in the wrist. You may also experience a clicking sensation and grip weakness.

How My Physio My Health treats Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex injury?

Your My Physio My Health physiotherapist will perform an examination to assess you for TFCC injury. Treatment of this condition will include a supervised strengthening program to increase strength through the wrist without overloading the sore area. Your therapist will also work on soft tissue release for overactive musculature and work on manual wrist mobilisation to enable improved pain-free mobility.

If you suspect you may have a Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex injury or are experiencing similar symptoms, please book with our physio team.

Written by Austin Blake

Austin graduated from Flinders University with a Master of Physiotherapy in 2021. He enjoys treating a variety of musculoskeletal conditions, with a passion for chronic pain presentations including back, neck and shoulders. Austin is also keen on treating temperomandibular (jaw) pain, sporting injuries, foot pain, and repetitive use injuries such as tennis elbow. He believes that rehabilitation is best facilitated through the use of hands-on therapy and client empowerment, through education and exercise therapy.

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