Dupuytrens’s Disease

Unlocking Hand Mobility: Addressing Dupuytren’s Disease

Dupuytren’s disease, also known as Dupuytren’s Contracture, is a hand condition that gradually causes the fingers to curl inward toward the palm, restricting their movement. This condition occurs due to the thickening and tightening of the fascia, a layer of fibrous tissue beneath the skin of the palm and fingers. While the exact cause of Dupuytren’s is unknown, factors like genetics, age, and ancestry (it’s more common in people of Northern European descent) play a role.

The disease typically progresses slowly over years. It starts with the development of small, hard nodules just beneath the skin of the palm. Over time, these nodules can thicken and form cords of tissue under the skin, pulling one or more fingers into a bent position. The most commonly affected fingers are the ring and pinky fingers. In its advanced stages, Dupuytren’s disease can significantly impair hand function, making everyday tasks challenging.

Many people with Dupuytren’s disease might not experience discomfort, but the inability to straighten the fingers fully can be inconvenient and hinder hand function. The condition varies greatly among individuals; for some, it remains mild, while for others, it can lead to severe contracture and disability.

Your Road to Recovery

There’s currently no cure for Dupuytren’s disease, but treatments are available to manage symptoms and improve hand function. In mild cases, observation might be all that’s needed. For more significant contractures, options include injections to break up the cord of tissue pulling the finger inward, or surgery to remove or release the thickened tissue.

Physical therapy post-treatment can help maintain hand mobility and function. While treatment can provide relief, Dupuytren’s disease can recur, necessitating further intervention. Early diagnosis and treatment can help manage the condition effectively, preserving hand function and quality of life.