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Michael K Phelan, DMD
(770) 271-0833
4530 Nelson Brogdon Blvd
Sugar Hill, GA
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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William B. Haynes, Jr., M.D.
(678) 513-8111
7360 McGinnis Ferry Rd.
Suwanee, GA
Specialties
Orthopedics, Sports Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 1950

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Alec Nazih Elchahal, DDS
(770) 622-1177
3895 Johns Creek Pkwy Ste A
Suwanee, GA
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Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Edward S Middlebrooks, MD
(678) 513-8111
7360 McGinnis Ferry Rd Ste E
Suwanee, GA
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Orthopedics
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of South Al Coll Of Med, Mobile Al 36688
Graduation Year: 1993

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William H Greenwood
(678) 957-0757
1075 Satellite Blvd Nw
Suwanee, GA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Paul R Ellis III, MD
(214) 823-5351
3890 Johns Creek Pkwy
Suwanee, GA
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Tx Southwestern Med Ctr At Dallas, Med Sch, Dallas Tx 75235
Graduation Year: 1982
Hospital
Hospital: Veterans Affairs Medical Ctr, Dallas, Tx; Baylor University Med Ctr, Dallas, Tx
Group Practice: Lankford Hand Surgery

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David Andrew Stokes, MD
(678) 957-3040
4055 Johns Creek Pkwy Ste A
Suwanee, GA
Specialties
Orthopedics
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Male
Education
Medical School: East Carolina Univ Sch Of Med, Greenville Nc 27858
Graduation Year: 1997

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Edward Scott Middlebrooks, M.D.
(678) 513-8111
7360 McGinnis Ferry Rd.
Suwanee, GA
Specialties
Orthopedics, Spinal Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 1950

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William Bryce Haynes Jr, MD
(678) 513-8111
7360 McGinnis Ferry Rd Ste E
Suwanee, GA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med, Augusta Ga 30912
Graduation Year: 1987

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William Howard Greenwood, MD
(678) 957-0757
1075 Satellite Blvd NW Ste 100
Suwanee, GA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Emory Univ Sch Of Med, Atlanta Ga 30322
Graduation Year: 1985

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Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex (TFCC) Injuries

A Patient's Guide to Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex (TFCC) Injuries

Introduction

Triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC) injuries of the wrist affect the ulnar (little finger) side of the wrist. Mild injuries of the TFCC may be referred to as a wrist sprain. As the name suggests, the soft tissues of the wrist are complex. They work together to stabilize the very mobile wrist joint. Disruption of this area through injury or degeneration can cause more than just a wrist sprain. A TFCC injury can be a very disabling wrist condition.

This guide will help you understand

  • what parts if the wrist are involved
  • how these injuries occur
  • how doctors diagnose the condition
  • what treatment options are available

Anatomy

What parts of the wrist are involved?

The wrist is actually a collection of many bones and joints. It is probably the most complex of all the joints in the body. There are 15 bones that form connections from the end of the forearm to the hand.

The wrist itself contains eight small bones, called carpal bones. These bones are grouped in two rows across the wrist. The proximal row is where the wrist creases when you bend it. The second row of carpal bones, called the distal row, meets the proximal row a little further toward the fingers.

The proximal row of carpal bones connects the two bones of the forearm, the radius and the ulna, to the bones of the hand. On the ulnar side of the wrist, the end of the ulna bone of the forearm moves with two carpal bones, the lunate and the triquetrum.

The triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC) suspends the ends of the radius and ulna bones over the wrist. It is triangular in shape and made up of several ligaments and cartilage. The TFCC makes it possible for the wrist to move in six different directions (bending, straightening, twisting, side-to-side).

The entire triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC) sits between the ulna and two carpal bones (the lunate and the triquetrum). The TFCC inserts into the lunate and triquetrum via the ulnolunate and ulnotriquetral ligaments. It stabilizes the distal radioulnar joint while improving the range of motion and gliding action within the wrist.

There is a small cartilage pad called the articular disc in the center of the complex that cushions this part of the wrist joint. Other parts of the complex include the dorsal radioulnar ligament, the volar radioulnar ligament, the meniscus homologue (ulnocarpal meniscus), the ulnar collateral ligament, the subsheath of the extensor carpi ulnaris, and the ulnolunate and ulnotriquetral ligaments.

Injury to the triangular fibrocartilage complex involves tears of the fibrocartilage articular disc and meniscal homologue. The homologue refers to the piece of tissue that connects the disc to the triquetrum bone in the wrist. The homologue acts like a sling or leash between these two structures.

Another important structure to unde...

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