What Is Dupuytren’s Contracture?

Dupuytren’s disease is a common and benign condition of the palm and fingers where the fibrous tissue underneath the skin tightens and thickens. As the tissue tightens, nodules and rope-like cords form below the skin, and the finger joints are pulled toward the palm. The result is called Dupuytren’s contracture.

In some patients, the contracture prevents the hand from opening completely and can make it difficult to perform simple daily tasks, such as opening a jar or holding larger items.

When dealing with the mobility problems of Dupuytren’s contracture, there are nonsurgical options available, including:

  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Steroid injections
  • Splinting

If these treatments do not provide adequate relief, a specialty-trained hand doctor may recommend surgery or another minimally invasive treatment to improve the motion of the affected fingers.

For more information on Dupuytren’s disease or if you are experiencing hand pain, schedule an appointment online with one of our hand specialists at Heartland Orthopedic Specialists or call (800) 762-1177.