There are a number of ailments, conditions, and problems that can occur in the hand and wrist. One of them is Dupuytren’s Contracture, which can be problematic for people who work with their hands a lot. Because it can affect range of motion, it can become difficult to do normal, everyday life tasks that a person took for granted in the past. That’s important to consider, since there are limited treatment options for it and you’ll need to decide whether the treatment that would be required would be the best choice for your particular case of Dupuytren’s Contracture. Your hand doctor can help you make that decision.
What Does Dupuytren’s Contracture Cause?
Dupuytren’s Contracture causes the tendons in the palm of the hand to contract and tighten. Generally, an examination of the hand shows thick bands that lump or raise up, and that run down at least part of the length of the palm. This may appear as smaller lumps, or as longer lines of tendon, and they are generally very firm. There isn’t pain or swelling with them, but they can make it difficult to fully extend the fingers. Some people also have trouble making a fist tightly, so this condition can affect both the ability to close the hand fully and the ability to open it completely.
A Hand Specialist Can Recommend the Right Treatment
When you see a hand doctor about your options, they can recommend the right treatment. In most cases, that treatment will have to be surgery. There are no other cures for Dupuytren’s Contracture. However, for mild cases surgery may not be necessary. If the problem advances until it becomes an issue for everyday life activities, it’s possible that surgery will be necessary at a later date. That’s something to consider with your doctor, so you can be prepared for hand surgery if you’re going to need it at any point in the future. The more you know about your options, the better and more informed choice you can make.