What is Dupuytrens Contracture?
If you understand what discomfort is, then you will fully understand the nuisance behind Dupuytrens Contracture. The disease is a nasty bit of work that affects your hand. To put it into simpler terms, it’s a “tight situation.” Quite literally, the skin and tissue present in your hand begin to form knots. A layer of knots becomes present in your hand whereby a slow process occurs.
A thick chord slowly begins to form over a few years. The chord has a drastic effect, as it pulls one or two of your fingers into a bent position. In most cases, the fingers furthest away from the thumb are the most affected. You may further feel tightness and thickness in your palm, which could lead to loss of flexibility. The condition worsens with time, and sadly there is no cure for Dupuytren’s contracture; however, it can be treated. Treatment may help in reducing the effect of the symptoms.
Can it be permanent?
Unfortunately, since there is no cure for the condition, it is permanent in most cases. Dupuytren’s contracture is also known to bend the affected fingers permanently. The process starts small with nodules forming under the skin of your palm. The condition worsens as the chord forms. Slowly, the bending of the fingers takes place. This can be treated through different methods which could potentially help to ease your discomfort.
– Stretching process of the hand with your doctor. It can be done with other treatments to help ease symptoms.
– Steroid injections can be used multiple times to reduce the size of nodules.
– Open surgery can be done. An incision is made to either remove all or part of the chord.
– Needle Aponeurotomy can also be done with a hypodermic needle. The needle is required to part or removes some of the affected tissue in the palm and fingers.
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