By Dr Tony Setiobudi BMedSci, MBBS, MRCS, MMed (Ortho), FRCS (Ortho)

Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex (TFCC)

The Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex (TFCC) exercise is important in order to return full function in the affected wrist, arm and hand.

Do you have a shooting wrist pain on the pinky finger side? Does it hurt in the same sport to turn your palm up and down? Pinky finger side pain right at the wrist join may be an indication of a TFCC injury or irritation. A TFCC tear is an injury to the triangular fibrocartilage complex found in the wrist. It is caused either by sudden trauma or may develop gradually.

The TFCC helps stabilise the wrist joint and acts as a focal point for force transmitted across the wrist to the ulnar side.

Benefit TFCC Exercise

The Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex (TFCC) exercise may be suggested for a condition or for rehabilitation. The exercise can help you to:

This exercise also helps to improve the strength of your wrist during rehabilitation after surgery. Start each exercise slowly. Ease off the exercises if you start to have pain. Follow up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments with us to get the correct treatment according to your situation.

You may do some simple exercises and stretches if you have a TFCC tear as shown in the YouTube video below


Dr Tony Setiobudi is an Orthopaedic & Spine Surgeon at Mount Elizabeth Hospital (Orchard), Singapore. He treats bone, joint, muscle and ligament problems in adults and children. He has a special interest in nerve compression and spine problems such as back & neck pain, scoliosis, kyphosis, spine tumor & infection, spinal cord injury, osteoporosis fracture, spinal stenosis and slipped disc.