Turning the Game Around: An Australian Tennis Pro's Journey to Recovery in the USA

Catch up with our Australian tennis professional, who faced persistent wrist pain even after four unsuccessful procedures in his country. After doing some research online, he found Badia Hand to Shoulder Center and started the patient journey with a telemedicine. Dr. Badia discovered the patient had a TFCC tear and repaired the ligaments via 3 small portals using arthroscopy. 

Wrist TFCC (Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex) tears are a relatively common orthopedic condition that can cause pain, discomfort, and limited wrist function. For patients experiencing symptoms in their wrist, understanding TFCC tears is essential for seeking timely diagnosis and appropriate treatment. 

What is the TFCC?

Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex

The Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex (TFCC) is a crucial structure in the wrist that provides stability and support to the joint. It consists of a triangular-shaped piece of cartilage and ligaments located on the pinky side of the wrist, between the ulna (one of the forearm bones) and the carpal bones (wrist bones).

What is a TFCC Tear?

A TFCC tear refers to damage or injury to the TFCC structure. This can occur due to various reasons, including trauma (such as a fall on an outstretched hand), repetitive wrist movements, or the natural aging process. TFCC tears can range from minor fraying to complete ruptures.

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