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Dupuytren’s Contracture

woman finger painAs we age, our bodies change unexpectedly, and one condition many may encounter is Dupuytren’s contracture. This condition is characterized by thickening tissues in the palm of the hand, often leading to nodule formations and the contraction of the fascia. In advanced stages, it can also affect the tendons of your fingers, ultimately limiting your ability to extend your fingers fully.

Who’s at Risk?

Most commonly observed in males over the age of 40, Dupuytren’s contracture isn’t just a function of age. There is a strong genetic component, so having a family history of this condition increases your odds.

Recognizing the Signs

The initial signs of Dupuytren’s contracture can be subtle. You might experience a gradual tightening of the hand, leading to restricted mobility. A common symptom is the difficulty in fully extending your fingers.

Your Treatment Options

Early intervention promises the best outcomes. When identified promptly, muscle release techniques can alleviate tissue tightness and boost finger mobility. Surgical intervention may be necessary for advanced cases to address the contracture and restore hand function.

Why Prompt Treatment Matters

Dr. Gleeson stresses the importance of seeking medical attention as soon as symptoms like hand tightening or trouble extending fingers arise. Early intervention can often prevent progression to advanced stages and possibly even avoid the need for surgery.

By promptly addressing Dupuytren’s contracture and using appropriate treatment strategies, you can maintain your hand function and mobility, ultimately improving your quality of life.

Schedule an Appointment

Don’t let Dupuytren’s contracture limit your life. Spot the signs early, seek professional advice, and chart your course to recovery. Contact Outback Chiropractic Clinic today for a consultation with Dr. Gleeson.


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