What Is Dupuytren's Contracture?
Dupuytren’s Contracture is characterized by contractures and painful ‘rope-like’ structures in the palm. Gradual thickening and tightening of tissue under the skin in the hand causes decreased hand function. The condition most often affects the 4th (ring) and 5th (little) fingers. Over time, Dupuytren’s contracture can cause one or more fingers to stay bent toward the palm. This can complicate everyday activities.
What are the causes of Dupuytren's Contracture?
Dupuytren’s Contracture is believed to run in families (hereditary). The exact cause is not known. It may be linked to cigarette smoking, alcoholism, diabetes, nutritional deficiencies, or medicines used to treat seizures.
What are the symptoms of Dupuytren's Contracture?
Symptoms you might see:
One or more small, tender lumps (nodules) in the palm. Over time, the tenderness usually goes away.
The nodules may thicken and contract or tighten. This can cause thick bands of tissue under the skin in the palm of the hand.
Pits or grooves in the skin compressed by the contracted finger. These areas can become sore and can lead to skin loss if they do not heal properly.
Fingers are pulled forward
How Can Hand Therapy Help?
Dupuytren’s contracture is a progressive disease; early treatment is important to release the contracture and to prevent disability in your hand. Treatment is determined by a trained Hand Therapist based on the severity of the contracture. The combination of heat, stretching, and a custom splint are some of the most effective non-surgical treatments for Dupuytren’s contracture.
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We accept PPO/POS plans for most insurance companies. Although most insurance companies cover physical therapy, what they cover varies greatly. Please call us at 201-366-1116 or complete below form so we can verify your specific plan benefits.
Dupuytren’s Contracture Treatment Near Me
Liberty Physical Therapy is Jersey City’s largest and state-of-the-art physical therapy center conveniently located next to Grove Street Path Station. Our team of licensed hand specialists have many years of experience successfully treating Dupuytren’s Contracture. We will work closely with your doctor to create a specific plan for you with the goal to fully restore your functional abilities.