Patients suffering from Dupuytren’s Contracture have a lot of questions that need to be answered.
What are the most commonly asked questions about Dupuytren’s Contracture?
According to a study by Stony Brook Surgery, most frequently asked questions about Dupuytren’s Disease are:
What is Dupuytren’s Disease?
Dupuytren’s Disease affects the fascia, which is the fibrous layer of tissue in the palm and the fingers that lie just underneath the skin. The fascia may tighten and thicken over time, causing the formation of Dupuytren’s nodules at the base of the fingers. The bands of palm tendons also continue to thicken, resulting in the fingers to be bent inwards.
What are the Causes?
A definite cause of Dupuytren’s Disease is not yet classified, though genetics and inheritance have a certain role to play in it. Apart from genetics, people who smoke or drink a lot of alcohol increase their chances of developing Dupuytren’s Disease. Conditions like diabetes can also increase the risk.
How is it Diagnosed?
As of now, there are no tests or scans that determine Dupuytren’s Disease. However, physical examination can be carried out to determine it. Dupuytren’s nodules may become firm and hard over time, and physically examining the hand can allow them to be determined. As the disease progresses, the nodules become cords pulling the fingers inwards and become much easier to see.
How is it Treated?
There is no definite treatment for Dupuytren’s Disease, though some home treatment methods like the Dupuytren’s Wand and Tape can help relieve the swelling and the pain and allow the fingers to be movable again. These approaches tend to be recommended more for the early stages of Dupuytren’s disease. For more serious cases, steroid injections or surgery are recommended, though they come with their own set of risks.
It is always important to speak with your physician before beginning any new treatment or physical therapy for Dupuytren’s Contracture.