Dupuytren’s contracture (also commonly referred to as “Dupuytren’s disease”) is one of the many hand conditions that can be treated at Swift Institute in Reno and Carson City. This condition develops when the fascia (the layer of tissue under the skin covering the palm and fingers) begins to thicken, tighten, and form knots, gradually turning into a thick cord that forces one or more fingers (generally the ring finger or pinky finger) to bend toward the palm. Because the affected fingers cannot be straightened, people living with Dupuytren’s contracture often have trouble completing everyday tasks like shaking hands, wearing gloves, or grasping large objects.
Although Dupuytren’s contracture has no known cause, the following factors may put someone at higher risk of developing the condition:
- Age — People over the age of 40 are more likely to develop this condition than younger individuals.
- Gender — Men have an increased risk of developing this condition.
- Genetics — People whose family members also have Dupuytren’s contracture likewise have a greater chance of developing this condition.
- Ancestry — People of northern European or Scandinavian descent are more likely to develop this condition than people with other backgrounds.
- Other medical issues — People who are living with diabetes or seizure disorders have an increased risk of developing this condition.
- Smoking/drinking — People who smoke cigarettes or consume alcohol have a greater chance of developing this condition than those who abstain.
The professionals at our Reno and Carson City offices often recommend that patients with Dupuytren’s contracture attempt a course of conservative treatment before turning to surgery. This may include needling, enzyme injections, and corticosteroid injections, among other options. If these methods don’t bring relief, there are various surgeries that can be performed to reduce the severity of a contracture and improve a person’s range of motion, including fasciotomies (where the surgeon divides the cord) and subtotal palmar fasciectomies (where the surgeon removes the cord and affected tissue).
If you’re seeking relief from Dupuytren’s contracture, please schedule an appointment at one of our Reno or Carson City offices. We look forward to helping you restore your hand function and mobility.