Dupuytren’s Disease, also commonly known as Dupuytren’s Contracture, is the formation of scar tissue just beneath the skin of the palm of the hand, extending to one or more of the fingers. The result is the patient’s inability to extend their fingers fully. When it comes to treating Dupuytren’s Disease, Bellevue Bone and Joint Physicians may recommend one of two treatment styles, depending on the severity.
The goal of treating Dupuytren’s disease is to restore full function of the hand. The disease is progressive, and in its very earliest stages splint and exercise therapy may be used in an attempt to slow the progression, although it is not guaranteed to help. In other cases, doctors may attempt to give an injection, which will cure the symptoms, but won’t cure or treat the disease.
In our office, we will evaluate the progression of your disease to determine its severity and decide on treatment. In some cases, we may be able to release the tightened cords of tissue using a needle. In advanced Dupuytren’s cases, surgery may be required. Only a consultation with a doctor trained in Dupuytren’s Disease at Bellevue Bone and Joint Physicians can determine which path to treatment is best for you.
If you have questions or concerns about Dupuytren’s Disease in the Bellevue area, or any other hand or upper extremity conditions, we would love to help. Call for your exam at BBJP today.