Conditions & Treatments

Dupuytren’s Contracture

What is

Dupuytren’s Contracture?

Have you begun to lose functionality in your hands, particularly in your ring or pinky fingers? You may have developed a condition called Dupuytren’s contracture.

Dupuytren’s contracture is a hand deformity that affects the layer of tissue that lies just under the skin of the palm. Knots of tissue begin to form there, creating a thick cord that pulls one or more of the fingers into a bent position. Affected individuals are not able to straighten out their fingers entirely, particularly the ring and pinky fingers.

Symptoms of

this Condition

The symptoms of Dupuytren’s contracture slowly begin to worsen as affected individuals age. Typically, it begins with a gradual thickening of the skin on the palm of the hand. Over time, this skin starts to become puckered or dimpled in appearance. Eventually, this leads to the formation of a firm lump of tissue on the palm, as well as loss of full functionality in the hand and some of the fingers.

Causes and

Risk Factors

While the exact cause of Dupuytren’s contracture is unknown, there are a number of risk factors that can determine how likely an individual is to develop it.

Dupuytren’s contracture most commonly affects people over the age of 50. Men are more likely to develop it than women, and individuals of Northern European descent have a higher incidence of this condition than people from other regions of the world. While there is a strong genetic component to Dupuytren’s contracture, lifestyle choices like smoking and alcohol intake can increase an individual’s chances of developing it.

Surgery & Other

Treatments

Our practice’s lead physician, Dr. Avery Arora, can evaluate your individual case of Dupuytren’s contracture. He will use his expertise to select a procedure that can improve your symptoms and the overall functionality of your hand.

Recent developments have resulted in non-surgical treatment options, including the use of XIAFLEX, a simple enzyme injection, to relieve the contractures of the fingers.

Other treatments for Dupuytren’s contracture include steroid or enzyme injections, radiation therapy, needle aponeurotomies, and fasciectomies.

If you are experiencing discomfort or pain in your hands, schedule a consultation with our hand surgeon to see if it is Dupuytren’s contracture. Arora Hand Surgery provides state-of-the-art treatments for Dupuytren’s contracture in Macomb, Howell, St. Clair Shores, and West Bloomfield.

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Dr. Aroras office from my first call to schedule my appointment was friendly. Walking in the first day, I felt like I was in a nice atmosphere. Dr. Arora was EXCELLENT in taking great care of my hand injury. He was gentle and very understanding to the concerns I had about my hand. His expertise was admirable and I would recommend anyone with an injury to their hand to his office to be under his care. Because of him, I have healed faster than expected and will make an 100% recovery! Thank you Dr.

Jackie S.

I first thought I was going to have to have painful injections or surgery, but Dr. Arora suggested physical therapy may do the trick. I was doubtful, but I agreed to do it. Now, my pain is gone, and with the help of an ergonomic keyboard at work to keep my hands in the correct position, I am virtually pain free. The therapy strengthened my wrists and shoulders, and built more flexibility into my wrists.

Jerry T.

My experience with this doctor was positive from the outset. Dr. Arora was kind and spent a great deal of time with me. Staff was friendly. The office was nice and bright.

Ariel G.

Very friendly and helpful Great staff!!! Doctor Arora was very professional and did great work. I was very happy with everything!

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