About Dupuytren’s Disease
Dupuytren’s Disease a slowly-developing hand deformity. In this condition, collagen underlying the skin of your palm, thickens into cords or knots (called dupuytren’s nodules). This may cause the fingers to be pulled into a bent position that cannot be straightened with force. Naturally, this may greatly complicate everyday activities. Patients may find it difficult to rest there hands flat on a table, put their hands in their pockets or perform activities at work or for leisure. The deformity may be seen as unsightly and patients may become shy about showing their hands.
This disease may normally be diagnosed by a doctor simply looking at and feeling your hands. Most often, treatment requires removing or breaking apart the cords of tissue which are affecting the fingers. This may be accomplished several ways. To avoid an incision, needles may be used to puncture and break the cords. Another option involves the use of a chemical enzyme injection, which may soften and weaken the cords. Once the cord is weakened, your doctor may be able to break the cord through manipulation, freeing your fingers. A third option involves surgical incisions to break up the diseased tissue and free the fingers for motion. Hand therapy can be useful after procedures to get lasting results and diminish recurrence.
If you are concerned regarding this problem, we can perform a detailed examination, order x-rays and other tests as needed and discuss the options with you and find the option that best suits your needs. Contact us today