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    What is Dupuytren’s Disease?

    Dupuytren-Disease-handDupuytren’s disease (aka Dupuytren’s contracture) is a hand deformity. This disease develops with the normal aging process. Additionally, it’s a slow-progressing condition and can take many years to develop fully. The full progression typically occurs after knots of tissue form under the skin and create a thick cable-like cord that can bend your fingers in one direction. However, there are treatments to help slow down the progress.

    Unfortunately, when experiencing Dupuytren’s disease you are not able to straighten the affected fingers. It has been known to complicate everyday tasks which were once done with ease.

    Typically, Dupuytren’s affects the pointer and pinky fingers. The condition has been reported mostly in men of the Northern European region.

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    Dupuytren’s Disease Signs & Symptoms

    • Numbness
    • Pain
    • Tingling
    • Weak grip
    • The tendency to drop things

    The first symptom of Dupuytren’s contracture is often the thickening of the palm of your hand. As the progression continues the palm might appear dimpled. As a matter of fact, you might notice nodules under the skin at the palm. Sometimes a firm lump may even appear. Although the lump may at be sore at first, eventually that subsides.

    Causes of Dupuytren’s Contracture

    Sadly, doctors do not know the cause of Dupuytren’s disease. However, there has also been no evidence that injuries and work which includes vibrations of the hand cause the condition.

    Although not known, some have beliefs about what increases your risks. Those risks include:

    • People over the age of 50 develop this condition
    • Males are more likely to experience this disease
    • Northern Europeans are at high risk of the Dupuytren’s
    • Smoking is associated with an increased risk of Dupuytren’s contracture. Alcohol intake also is associated with Dupuytren’s
    • People with diabetes are reported to have an increased risk of the disease.

    Treatment Options for Dupuytren’s Disease:

    Since this is a slowly progressing disease, most people wait to see if the condition progresses before treating it. On the other hand, if you are experiencing pain and a fast progression it is a good idea to look into treatment options.

    Treatment includes removal of the cords that are pulling your fingers inward towards your palm. However, depending on the severity of symptoms will determine the exact treatment plan.

    Also, see Treating Dupuytren’s Contracture

    Non-surgical Treatment options:

    Cortisone Injections: This treatment is a strong anti-inflammatory medicine, which reduces swelling and inflammation. However, many patients also report these injections to relieve pain.

    Enzymes: A mixture of enzymes can be administered to release the tight bands that are making your fingers bent. Then, this will weaken the tight bands and allow your physician to stretch the bands.

    Surgical Options for Dupuytren’s Disease:

    If conservative methods aren’t working to treat Dupuytren’s contracture, your doctor might recommend surgery. Furthermore, the traditional surgical procedure includes cutting or removing the thick bands of tissue. This allows for proper finger motion.

    Call us at 888-409-8006 if you are experiencing Dupuytren’s disease. Read more on our top hand/wrist specialist, here! Offices conveniently located in South Florida; Deerfield Beach, Boca Raton, Coral Springs & Plantation.