Having full use of your hands is a critical part of being able to live your life to the fullest. Dupuytren’s disease can severely limit your ability to perform everyday activities. TriHealth Orthopedic & Sports Institute and Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine have a proven track record for excellence when it comes to both nonsurgical and surgical hand treatments for conditions like Dupuytren’s disease.
Dupuytren’s disease develops when thick cords of tissue develop under the skin of the palm. The condition usually progresses over long periods of time. In advanced cases, the tightened tissue actually causes an involuntary contraction of the fingers, pulling them down toward the palm. For this reason, the condition is also referred to as Dupuytren’s contracture.
The exact cause of Dupuytren’s disease is unknown, but the disorder is more common in people with:
The most common symptoms of Dupuytren’s contracture include:
These symptoms may appear in both hands, but are usually worse in one hand. Finger contracture can prevent people from gripping objects, shaking hands, putting on gloves and performing other activities that require full finger extension.
Nonsurgical therapies are the most common approaches to treating Dupuytren’s contracture. These treatments may include:
In severe cases, your doctor may recommend surgery to remove the Dupuytren’s nodules or the tightened cords of fibrous skin beneath the palm. This procedure is sometimes referred to as Dupuytren’s release surgery or fasciectomy.
Certain risk factors can increase your chances of developing Dupuytren’s contracture. The most common include:
There is no single way to prevent this condition. It usually develops over a long period of time. The best way to slow its progression is to tell your doctor if you develop nodules, pitting or cords on the palm. Your doctor may recommend:
Hand conditions like Dupuytren’s disease aren’t just uncomfortable. They can limit your ability to perform daily activities. The first step toward effective treatment is an accurate diagnosis. Learn more or make an appointment with an orthopedic specialist: Call TriHealth at 513 246 2300 or our orthopedic partner, Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, at 513 961 HAND or 513 961 4263.