Fibrocartilage tears and meniscal lesions at the wrist.
A small cartilage ‘disc’ sits in the joint between the hand and the forearm bone on the little finger side. It can be prone to tears and occasional displacements that can arise from trauma, such as a fall on the outstretched hand, or repetitive overloading of the joint, as in racquet sports for instance. Problems arising from the disc are relatively rare but it may cause pain and clicking on the little finger side of the wrist.
Physiotherapy may help by stretching the joint whilst applying circular flicking movements. If the symptoms do not settle quickly the patient can be referred for arthroscopy (key hole surgery) and have the fragment removed.
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