Have you noticed that you have a hard time straightening your fingers? Do everyday tasks you do with your hands seem more challenging lately?
If you’ve noticed some changes in your regular hand function, you may be experiencing the beginning stages of Dupuytren’s Contracture.
What is Dupuytren’s Contracture?
Dupuytren’s Contracture is a hand condition that causes knots of tissues to form under the skin. These knots gradually pull fingers into a bent position, making it difficult for the fingers to straighten.
Though Dupuytren’s Contracture does interfere with normal hand function, it is not typically painful.
What Causes Dupuytren’s Contracture?
The exact cause of Dupuytren’s Contracture has not been identified.
Despite this, trends associated with the condition indicate that certain risk factors do exist. Individuals who fit the following characteristics may be more susceptible to the development of Dupuytren’s Contracture:
- Men over the age of 40
- Individuals with a family history of Dupuytren’s Contracture
- Individuals of northern European descent
- Individuals who regularly consume alcohol and tobacco products
- Individuals with certain autoimmune disorders and/or diabetes
What Are The Signs and Symptoms of Dupuytren’s Contracture?
The following symptoms are typically associated with Dupuytren’s Contracture:
- Difficulty straightening fingers
- Lumps, pits, and/or thick cords forming under the surface of the skin along the palm and towards the fingers
Both hands are often affected, though one hand may be impacted differently by the condition than the other. The ring and pinky fingers are the ones most typically affected by Dupuytren’s Contracture.
What Treatment Options Are Available For Dupuytren’s Contracture?
In mild cases, Dupuytren’s Contracture may not require treatment and monitoring the condition may be the best course of action, especially if hand function is still good.
For more severe cases where the fingers are more seriously afflicted and require straightening, there are various treatment methods available, including:
- Injectable medications
Treatments are intended to reduce the symptoms of the condition. Currently, there is no known way to stop the progression of Dupuytren’s Contracture. An experienced hand doctor will be able to help you determine the best course of action for your specific case.
I Think I May Have Dupuytren’s Contracture. What Should I Do?
If the symptoms you’re experiencing align with those associated with Dupuytren’s Contracture, you should make an appointment with a hand specialist. If you live in Glens Falls, Saratoga, the greater Capital District or the lower Adirondack region, make an appointment at Dr. Garcia Plastic & Hand Surgery today!
Dr. Garcia is an experienced hand specialist who has received specialized training from the Connecticut Combined Hand Surgery Fellowship. He offers skilled assessments of hand, wrist and elbow conditions and can work with you to diagnose your condition, help you understand your treatment options, and determine the best treatment plan to improve hand functionality.
With extensive knowledge of hand, wrist and elbow conditions and of the options available to treat them, Dr. Garcia is a valuable resource if you believe you may be suffering from Dupuytren’s Contracture.
Schedule A Consultation with Dr. Garcia Today
Tired of suffering from the symptoms of Dupuytren’s Contracture? Ready to take the first step on the road to recovery? Make an appointment with Dr. Garcia today!
Give us a call at 518-793-0475 or contact us online using the form below to schedule your appointment.