Dupuytren’s contracture is a condition that affects the hand. It specifically causes the tissue beneath the surface of your fingers and palm to become thicker than normal. As a result, it tightens up. As the tissue and fibers within the tissue tighten, they form like cords that draw your fingers in toward your palm. You may only have one finger that is affected or it may cause all of your fingers to draw in like a claw. This is not only upsetting in how it appears. It can also be debilitating, making it hard for you to do the things that you love to do. Typically, this condition will affect your pinkie finger and your ring finger. If you have it on one hand, you are likely to have it on the other hand as well. Trying to force your fingers to straighten out is not the answer. Putting your affected fingers in a splint may only make the curling worse in the long-run. There is no cure for this condition. However, you do have options. Surgery is one possibility. If you would rather opt for a less invasive approach, consider Dupuytren’s injection treatments.
How Do Dupuytren’s Injections Work?
If you opt for injections for Dupuytren’s contracture, you may benefit from several types of injections. Steroids are often recommended when you are dealing with tenderness and pain in your palm and fingers. They act as an anti-inflammatory type of medication. They can reduce swelling and inflammation. This can reduce pain. It may keep the curling of your fingers from becoming more severe. It is important to note that steroids will not straighten your fingers if they have already curled in toward your palm. If you manage to catch your condition before the curling becomes noticeable, you may be able to hold it off. If your fingers are already curled, XIAFLEX injections are another option. XIAFLEX contains enzymes. If all else fails, surgery may be recommended to eliminate the thick bands of tissue that have caused your fingers to curl.
Learn More About Dupuytren’s Injection Treatments
If you have been struggling with Dupuytren’s contracture, you know that it isn’t easy. It can really get in the way of everyday tasks. It can also be painful. You don’t like the way your hands look when they are unnaturally curled. Dupuytren’s injection treatments at Arora Hand Surgery could mean a major improvement for you to manage your condition. Talk to our doctor to find out if you could benefit from these injections. You owe it to yourself to check out all of your options so that you can give your fingers the attention that they deserve. You may not be able to cure Dupuytren’s contracture, but you can treat it effectively. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at our office in Macomb Township, Warren, Howell, or West Bloomfield!