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By Brittany Ferri June 14, 2020

Dupuytren’s disease, also known as palmar fibromatosis, is defined as a medical condition that affects fibrous tissue in the hands. This tissue layer is called "fascia," which gives our hands strength and gripping abilities.

The fascia is usually a very stretchy kind of tissue. Dupuytren’s Contracture causes this tissue to lose its elasticity and become thick and rigid as the fingers curl inward toward the palm. As a result, it gets difficult to hold items and perform day-to-day activities since hand movement will be restricted and painful.

What The Terms Mean

The word contraction is a medical term for muscles that have become tense or tight. It usually occurs after the fascia develops tiny nodules. These nodules cause the muscles to become rigid, which leads to Dupuytren’s Contracture. 

Dupuytren's is believed to be hereditary and is worsened by several factors, including lifestyle choices. Sadly, there isn’t much else known about this condition.

Signs and Symptoms of Dupuytren's

The first sign of Dupuytren's is the appearance of nodules in the palm. They may also appear as thick bumps.

As the disease progresses, which may take a few years, motion in the fingers will decrease. The ring and pinky fingers are most commonly affected and will become more rigid over time. The earliest sign of a hand contracture is the appearance of a triangular "pucker" in the skin. This can be seen on the finger near the flexor crease, which is the lowest mark on each finger where they meet with the palm.

Usually, Dupuytren’s does not cause pain. However, there may be pain if your tendons start to swell. This disease originates in the palm before gradually making its way up to the fingers.

Some people complain of a slight itch due to the pulling sensation. However, the majority of people affected by this disease do not experience significant pain in the beginning, which is why it often goes unnoticed until it has worsened.

Complications

This disease can cause a number of complications for those who develop it. The tightening of muscles can cause problems with everyday functions involving the use of your hands and fingers, including:

  • Writing
  • Cooking
  • Typing
  • Handling tools

The condition is not always severe, but in some cases, you may lose mobility. This is why it's important to seek help from home remedies to manage symptoms before they worsen. 

Brittany Ferri
Brittany Ferri

Brittany is a registered and licensed occupational therapist who has 6 years of clinical experience treating conditions such as Dupuytren's, arthritis, carpal tunnel, and more. She is passionate about educating others about their health.


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