Dupuytren’s contracture develops over time and occurs within the hands. It is a condition where the layer of tissue under the skin of your palm knots up. When the tissue knots up it eventually creates a thick band that can pull one or more fingers into a bent position. The affected finger can not fully be straightened and will disrupt daily activities.
- Firm lump of tissue on palm
- Thickening of the skin
- Usually ring and pinky finger affected
There is no specific cause to Dupuytren’s Contracture, but there are few risk factors;
- Age - after 50
- Men are more likely to develop the disease
- Tobacco and alcohol use
Treatment always depends on the severity of the disease. If the contracture doesn't interfere with daily activities and the use of your hands, you might not need treatment. Seeking treatment may consist of Advanced Soft Tissue Release (ASTR). ASTR will help break up the band and release the tension of the contracting muscle and/or tendon in a non-invasive, holistic approach.