The symptoms to be aware of if you suspect this condition are:
● Loss of function of the fingers and a visible physical deformity of the hand consisting of a permanently contracted palm, and ring and pinky finger with the loss of ability to straighten the fingers
● Nodular growths on the fingers
● Development of cords that you will be able to feel under your skinIf You Are Experiencing Symptoms, Schedule an Appointment Dr. Burke Orthopedics Immediately.
Treatments for this condition will depend on the severity to which it has progressed. No treatment may be needed if the condition is not causing you pain and dysfunction. The goal in this case would be to prevent the disorder from further progressing which will involve stretching exercises of the hand and keeping it as mobile as possible.
In the case that treatment is necessary, there are several options. These are:
● Corticosteroid injections
● Pain medications
● Dry Needling (a new procedure performed by a physical therapist that involves inserting a small needle into your palmar fascia and break up the connective tissue causing problems)
● Enzyme injection
In severe, advanced cases where Dupuytren’s Contracture is causing significant pain and dysfunction, surgical intervention is an option. One procedure, known as a Fasciotomy, consists of an incision to the palm and diving of the cords formed.
Another procedure known as a subtotal palmar fasciectomy, consists of a removal of the cords and any other problematic connective tissue.