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Dupuytren’s Contracture

What is Dupuytren’s Contracture?

Dupuytren’s Disease is characterized by the thickening of tissue in the hand. As the fascia found beneath the skin thickens and tightens, hard, visible knots form in the palm of the hand. These are known as Dupuytren’s Contractures. While there is no known cause for the condition, it is most prevalent in men over 40. 

If you have a Dupuytren’s Contracture you may experience the following symptoms:

  • Pain in the hand
  • Inability to flatten the hand on a flat surface
  • Fingers that remain flexed and pulling towards the palm

At OSS Health, our Board Certified Orthopaedic Hand and Wrist Specialists have helped thousands of patients with Dupuytren’s Contracture live active and healthy lives using the latest non-surgical options. 

How is Dupuytren’s Contracture Treated at OSS Health?

In most cases, Dupuytren’s Contracture can be managed using non-surgical treatment options.  At OSS Health, these options may include:

  • Activity modification
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Corticosteroid injections

In the instances where Dupuytren’s Contracture has not responded to conservative treatments, your OSS Health Specialist may recommend a surgical procedure to alleviate pain. These procedures may include:

Fasciotomy.  A surgical procedure in which the hand surgeon divides thickened tissue cords. 

Subtotal Palmar Fasciectomy. A procedure used to remove tissue and straighten the fingers.

Disclaimer: If this is a medical emergency, please dial 911 or report to your nearest emergency room.

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