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Dupuytren’s Contracture

Symptoms Checklist:

  • You are unable to straighten your ring and little finger easily
  • The condition developed gradually
  • There is a painless lump in the palm of your hand
  • The skin on the palm near the base of your fingers is thickened

Dupuytren’s Contracture

Connective Tissue is the name given to the substance that holds you together and gives your body its unique shape.  It encloses your muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones and other organs.  This fibrous tissue forms a web under your skin protecting and supporting your hand.   In order for your hand to work at its best, all these structures need to be in perfect condition.  In Dupuytren’s Contracture the fibrous tissue starts to thicken, and the skin and tendons begin to stick to each other so you can no longer open and close your fingers properly.  Then it begins to contract, shortening the tendons and preventing your fingers from opening fully.  Gradually you lose all movement in the fourth and fifth fingers and they become permanently closed.  You will also notice a lump in your palm near the affected fingers that slowly develops into a cord-like band.

Physical Therapy/Osteopathy and Dupuytren’s Contracture

Treatment in the early stages of contraction can help slow the process, but generally will not provide a long term solution.  The condition is usually corrected through surgery.

Tags: Hands, Fingers, Wrists, Ligaments, Tendons, Muscles

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