It may be scary to realize that you have Dupuytren’s contracture, a disease most common in Scandinavian countries, but luckily heat can be used to treat the uncommon and uncomfortable condition.
Dupuytren’s contracture is a condition in which you develop nodules in your hand that thicken to a point that your finger curls towards the palm. Common among males, it generally happens with your little or ring finger and most unlikely with the thumb and index finger.
Does heat affect your Dupuytren’s contracture?
Heat can positively affect your Dupuytren’s contracture but relaxing the fascia, but the impact of heat largely depends on the condition of your contracture.
Since it is a disease that takes a long time to develop, it can become permanent without your realization. Dupuytren’s is best treated by surgical and non-surgical methods such as enzyme fasciotomy. Heat can definitely help you in relaxing the tendon, but proper treatment is required for the disease to be treated efficiently and permanently.
The heat will help to relax your fingers and ease discomfort, but your doctor can advise longer-term surgical or non-surgical treatment for Dupuytren’s contracture to address your condition.