– Overview –
Dupuytren’s contracture is a hand deformity that causes the tissue beneath the surface of the skin to thicken and contract. It is hereditary and is most common in people of Northern European or Scandinavian descent. The condition is more common in men than in women and usually appears after age 40.
– Symptoms –
- Thick, cordlike tissue in the palm of the hand
- Inability to fully extend the fingers as the condition progresses
– Treatment –
Your physician will typically treat the contractures with either needle aponeurotomy, Xiaflex injection, or surgery. Our hand therapists will then help you regain motion of the fingers and full function of the hand using scar management, therapeutic modalities, manual therapy techniques, stretching, and fabrication of an orthosis to protect the hand as it heals and to keep the contractures from returning.