Are you suffering from Dupuytren's Contracture pain? If so, the Loredo Hard Care Institute offers Dupuytren's Contracture Treatment in Dallas, Fort Worth, and the entire Metroplex.
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What is Dupuytren’s Contracture?
Dupuytren’s Contracture is a condition which causes a thickening of the fascia (the connective tissue) in the palm of the hand just below the skin. Nodules and cords of thickened connective tissue form and can eventually begin to pull the fingers in toward the palm, in severe cases preventing full extension of the fingers.
Dupuytren’s Contracture most commonly affects the tissue connected to the ring and little fingers but can move across the palm to affect the whole hand. This condition is most prevalent in males over the age of 40 of Northern European and Scandinavian descent, but anyone can be affected.
What Are the Symptoms of Dupuytren’s Contracture?
Symptoms of Dupuytren’s Contracture include the following:
- Curling in of the fingers toward the palm of the hand (most commonly the ring and little fingers)
- Growth of nodules within the connective tissue in the palm of the hand
- Lack of ability to grip and muscle weakness in the hand
- Pain, aching and/or itching in the affected areas
Dr. Loredo’s Approach to Treating Dupuytren’s Contracture
The approach we take to the treatment of Dupuytren’s Contracture will depend upon the severity of the condition. A mild case can often be treated with an injection to soften the tightened fascia. A more advanced case of Dupuytren’s Contracture will require a minimally-invasive procedure to disable the Dupuytren’s cords through two small incisions. In the most severe cases, a more invasive technique will be required to surgically excise the abnormal tissue to improve hand function and the cosmetic appearance of the hand.
What Can I Expect After Surgery?
Recovery time will depend on the severity of the condition as well as the treatment used. Non-surgical methods are associated with a faster recovery than when surgery is required to correct the affected parts of the hand/fingers. Please contact our office for more detailed information or if you’d like to schedule a consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions
What causes Dupuytren’s Contracture?
The exact cause of Dupuytren’s Contracture is not known. However, the incidence is higher in individuals of Northern European and Scandinavian descent, in males over the age of 40, in individuals with a family history of the condition, and is suspected of being connected to alcohol consumption and certain medical conditions such as diabetes and seizures.
If someone in my family has Dupuytren’s Contracture am I more likely to get it?
Yes, Dupuytren’s Contracture is hereditary and often runs in families.
Is there anything I can do to prevent Dupuytren’s Contracture?
Because this condition is largely related to heredity, it is difficult to prevent. However, there are some things you can do at home which may help to slow the progression and lessen the severity:
- Stretch your fingers by gently bending them backward from your palm. You may do this by placing your fingers on the edge of a table with your palm down and lifting your palm slowly upward while keeping your fingers flat on the table.
- Before stretching, heat and/or massage may help to loosen things up. Use a heat pack followed by massaging your palms with a lanolin cream.
- Use caution by avoiding activities which require a tight grip, such as grasping the handles of tools. If using tools is necessary, wrap the handles with pipe insulation or cushion tape. Additionally, you may use heavily padded gloves.
Contact the Loredo Hand Care Institute
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms associated with Dupuytren’s Contracture or would like to learn more about our practice in the Dallas area, please contact us today to schedule an appointment or get your free insurance check.