Dupuytren's contracture is a common disease in which fingers on the hand are deformed. This disease is caused by over-growth of connection tissue of the tendons. Dupuytren's contracture first affects the ring finger and little finger. Dupuytren's most often occurs in males. Women suffer from the disease 10 times less often and in an easier form.
The lumps are developed in the area of the finger stretching. It is the first sign of the disease in which you should consulate with the specialist. Contractures treatment should begin on time, otherwise the disease will progress.
Over time these lumps can make impossible to fully extend the fingers. The nodule increases, adhesion develops, and the tendon becomes shortened. As a result, the contracture is formed.
Initially lumps on the palm are painless. While the disease progression the discomfort appears. Pain syndrome can affect both hands and even the shoulder.
The precise cause of a Dupuytren's contracture is not known. Several decades ago it was assumed that contracture arises from the abnormal metabolism of proteins and salts in the body. But soon these opinions were refuted. Possible causes of pathology are the following:
· Previous hand trauma which caused deformity of the connection tissue;
· Diabetes mellitus;
· Heavy physically job;
· Pinched nerve, ect.
Important! Non-surgical treatment is possible only on the initial stage of Dupuytren's contracture.
A Dupuytren's contracture is diagnosed by surgeons and orthopedists – traumatologists. On initial stages special exercises and heat applications are prescribed to restore the tendons. Hormonal drugs are prescribed in the treatment of contracture with great care.
Muscle and fascial contractures treatment should be early, well-coordinated and adequate. After determination of the disease stage the conservative or surgical treatment is assigned.
This method has many advantages:
Specialist of the clinic will be attentive to the problem and will solve it as soon as possible.