Dupuytren’s Contracture is a disease that is often found in men over 50. It starts as a nodule in the palm, and as it continues to develop, the fingers begin to turn in towards the center of the hand. The condition will usually impact the ring and middle fingers, making things like writing, driving, and cleaning very difficult to accomplish. In most cases, the condition is not painful.
The most common form of treatment is surgery. Unfortunately, the surgery is not guaranteed to eliminate the disease, and it often will return. The operation leaves an unsightly scar, and the patient is at risk of infection if the wound does not clear up correctly. Radiation therapy is also used in some cases and is an alternative to surgery. A doctor may also prescribe the patient with a steroid injection; this will help to straighten out the fingers and reduce the size of the nodule that has developed on the hand. A new injection was recently released called Xoaflex, which will break down the infected tissue so the finger can be straightened out. Another form of treatment is needle aponeurotomy, where the needles are used to release the tightened cords allowing the fingers to return to their straightened position.
There is an alternative treatment to Dupuytren’s Contracture, one that has been extensively tested and proven to improve the fingers’ movements. The treatment has no known side effects and is a far more cost-effective option than steroid injections, needle aponeurotomy, or surgery. The treatment is the use of Dupuytrens jelly in conjunction with Dupuytrens wand and tape. The jelly will prepare the hand for the wand’s use, and then the tape is used to straighten out the fingers and allow them to heal naturally. You can find these items on the shop page of the website.