Rehabilitation of Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex Injuries

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The triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC) is a ligamentous structure situated on the ulnar side of the wrist that plays an important role in distal radioulnar joint (DRUJ) stability, dispersion of ulnarsided wrist forces, and proprioceptive feedback. Following injury, clinical presentation may vary
between clients, with some common symptoms including decreased range of motion (ROM), decreased grip strength, increased ulnar-sided wrist pain (USWP), and/or impaired proprioceptive function. Common mechanisms of injury associated with TFCC injury varies from low-energy repetitive
overuse, to high-energy forced twisting or impaction of the wrist or forearm.4 Furthermore, injury severity can also vary between clients, from relatively minor disruption to the peripheral structures, to complete tearing of the foveal fibres leading to
DRUJ instability. When considering rehabilitation goals for this injury it is important to consider these factors, which can be difficult and sometimes confusing.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-33
Number of pages4
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2022


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