What is a TFCC Sprain? Here's what the experts at Sports Injury Clinic have to say.
A TFCC sprain is an injury to the triangular fibrocartilage complex, found in the wrist, between the end of the ulna bone and the carpals. The TFCCs function is to stabilize the radioulnar joint.
A TFCC Sprain can be either traumatic from a specific injury or degenerative. Traumatic injuries usually involve a compressive and twisting force and 50% of the time also result in a fracture of the Ulna or Radius. Falls onto an outstretched hand, with the palm down and wrist extended (bent backward) are a common incident which may cause this injury.
Symptoms of TFCC Sprain
- Wrist pain on the little pinky finger side
- Tenderness over the back of the wrist
- Reduced grip strength
- A clicking sound or feeling when moving the wrist
Treatment of TFCC Sprain
In most TFCC sprains, conservative treatment is successful. This involves immobilization in a splint for approximately 4 weeks. After this period, the following treatment options may be recommended:
- A removable support (such as Bullseye Wrist Band)
- Anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen
- Electrotherapy such as ultrasound
- Progressive mobility and strengthening exercises as pain allows
- Corticosteroid injection
Will I need surgery?
Large tears or degenerative injuries may require surgery. The procedure is usually done as an arthroscopy (key-hole). It involves trimming the torn piece of cartilage. In cases where the ulna is too long, the end of the bone may be shaved away. The wrist is then immobilised for 2-4 weeks. A rehabilitation programme should be followed after this period, to regain full strength, mobility, and coordination.
When Pain in Hand, Wrist and Fingers Is Caused by Bone Spurs
Bone spurs are bony outgrowths that can form in places where ligaments and tendons meet bones. Sometimes, people don’t experience symptoms, so the spur in the hand joint goes undiagnosed. There are other cases where the pain is obvious as the outgrowth rubs against surrounding bones, tissues, and nerves.
These spurs can be the result of a disease or health condition like arthritis, or a trauma like a sports injury.
This Tennis Technique Is Keeping Players Out of the Game
Injuries to the wrist have resulted in countless other players having their careers compromised or ended. It appears that the problem is increasing as a result of the particular demands of the modern game.
Nowadays, more and more players have adopted the double-handed backhand stroke. The issue with this technique is that some players using the double handed backhand are supinating their top hand so severely that wrist integrity is being compromised.
The reality is that players may not realise the degree to which they supinate their top hand during their double-handed backhand, so simply asking them about their grip style is an unrealistic screening tool.
FDA Approves AI Tool for Wrist Fracture Detection
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Imagen's AI algorithm software, OsteoDetect.
“This software can help providers detect wrist fractures more quickly and aid in the diagnosis of fractures,” stated Robert Ochs, PhD, acting deputy director for radiological health, Office of In Vitro Diagnostics and Radiological Health in the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health.
OsteoDetect is not intended to replace a clinician's review of the radiograph or clinical judgment.
What Your Hands Reveal About You, According to Science
Researchers last year found finger length may predict athletic ability. The ratio of the length of your index finger to the length of your ring finger – known as the “digit ratio” – is correlated to muscular strength in boys. That is, the longer the ring finger compared to the index finger, the stronger boys tend to be. An earlier study suggested that same ratio is linked to basketball ability in girls.