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How to Check for Dupuytren's Contracture At Home

September 29, 2020

Dupuytren’s contracture is a disease that develops in the palmar fascia, which is a tissue located in the palm of the hands. 

Dupuytren’s contracture causes the formation of nodules that eventually transform into thick cords, limiting the movement of fingers.

Is It Possible For Me to Develop Dupuytren’s Contracture?

The list of risk factors that can increase a person’s chances of developing Dupuytren’s contracture includes:

  • Genes: If a member of your family has shown symptoms of Dupuytren’s contracture or has been directly affected by it, then there is a chance that you carry the same gene

    On the other hand, some people carry the gene and never go on to ever develop Dupuytren’s contracture. The reason behind both instances is still a mystery to most researchers. 

    • Other Medical Conditions:Another risk factor that may or may not increase your chances of developing the connective tissue disorder is whether or not you suffer from other medical conditions such as diabetes or arthritis.

    Some reports suggest that people who have these conditions are more likely to report Dupuytren’s disease but we still can’t be sure about this connection. 

    • Smoking or Alcohol Consumption:Over-consumption of alcohol or tobacco could put you at risk of permanently harming the movement of your fingers. This occurs due to the development of liver or lung diseases. 

    These three risk factors are the most common and can be pretty good determinants of whether or not you can get Dupuytren’s contracture. 

    How to Check for Dupuytren's Contracture At Home 

    With the fear of the current pandemic, it is risky to go out and visit a hospital. The fear of being infected by COVID-19 and endangering your life is a risk no one is willing to take.

    This is especially important for those who are more at risk such as those above the age of 60 or those who suffer from other illnesses. 

    During these times, if you feel as though you are developing symptoms of Dupuytren’s contracture, the best test to do at home is the table-top test.

    How Do I Do the Table-Top Test?

    The very first thing you need to do is check for any nodules that may be developing in the palm of your hand. 

    The next step is to check for any tightness in between the fingers. If, in case you do feel a pull on your fingers, try placing them flat on top of a straight surface like a table or the floor. 

    If you are able to easily straighten your fingers and place them on top of the table without putting too much stress on your fingers or your palm, then you do not have Dupuytren’s contracture.

    On the other hand, if you do face an issue doing this simple test then it is best to visit a doctor as soon as possible. 

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