Degeneration is one of the most common causes of TFCC tears. Overuse of the wrist and performing repetitive activities can also tear tissue. Traumatic tears from falling on a wrist or from athletic activities like swinging a tennis racket or golf club are also common.
In most cases, pain from a TFCC tear will occur on the outside of the wrist. Clicking or popping during movement may occur. Weakness and difficulty gripping objects is also common.
Physicians will perform a thorough exam to assess range of motion and strength. X-rays and MRIs may also be used to identify fractures or tears.
Treatment for mild TFCC tears often include rest, icing, and anti-inflammatory medications. Bracing may also be used to keep the forearm and wrist stable. In some cases, cortisone injections are used to help reduce swelling. In severe cases with persistent pain, surgery may be required.