Dupuytren’s contracture disease is a hand deformity that develops as part of the natural aging process. The condition progresses slowly over time. As a matter of fact, it may not fully develop for several years. Once fully developed, knots of tissue under the skin are present. These knots create thick cords that bend your fingers in a specific direction. There is not a cure for the condition. However, some treatments can slow its progression.
What are Symptoms of Dupuytren’s Contracture?
This condition prevents you from straightening your fingers. Therefore, you might have trouble with simple everyday activities. The pointer and pinky fingers are the most commonly affected joints. This disease frequently affects men over women. The main symptoms to watch for include:
- Hand pain
- A weakened grip
- The tendency to drop things
Thickening of the palm of your hand is often the first sign of Dupuytren’s disease. However, as the condition progresses, the palm may become dimpled in appearance. Small nodes may become noticeable under the skin around your palm, and firm lumps can even appear. These nodes can be painful at first. But the pain typically subsides.
What Causes Dupuytren’s Disease?
There currently is no known cause for this condition. Although, it’s possible that injuries and work involving vibrations cause this condition. However, there has been no evidence to support this. Despite having no exact cause, risk factors have been identified:
Being over the age of 50
- Being male
- Those of Northern European descent
- Smoking and alcohol intake
- Individuals with diabetes
Treating the Disease
The condition progresses very slowly. However, many people wait before seeking treatment. It is crucial to seek treatment, though, for the prevention of fast progression. And if you are experiencing pain, a visit to the doctor is a must. There are both non-surgical and surgical options recommended for treatment:
Cortisone injections: Cortisone injections are anti-inflammatory shots that reduce swelling and inflammation.
Enzymes: A mixture of enzymes is used to release the tight bands (cords) that will bend the fingers. The enzymes weaken the bands so your doctor can gently stretch the fingers. Therefore, reducing the tension and tightness.
Surgery: The surgical option involves removing the cords that are pulling your fingers towards your palm. The bands are cut and removed to restore proper finger movement. However, this option is only used when conservative methods have failed.
If you are or believe you are suffering from this disease, call us immediately at 888-409-8006. We offer a top hand specialist for all of your hand and wrist needs. Our offices are conveniently located in South Florida; Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach, Coral Springs & Plantation.