Dupuytren’s Contracture

1280px-Morbus_dupuytren_fcmDiagnoses: Dupuytren’s is a hand deformity that develops over time. Knots of tissue develop under the skin of the palm creating a thick cord that can pull a finger into a bent position. Once fingers are bent they lose the ability to straighten. This contracture is most often present in the ring and pinky finger.

Symptoms: Dupuytren’s typically begins with thickening of the skin on the palm. With progression skin may become dimpled and a lump of tissue might form on the palm. Cords eventually form and tighten, pulling a finger toward the palm. Symptoms can occur in both hands but are typically more severe in one.

Causes: Causes remain unknown but are thought to be linked between weakened immune systems and/or contractures of other body parts.

Our Physical Therapy Treatment: Treatment will be dependent on the patient and their response to exercise. Potential treatment might include:

  • Mechanical diagnoses/treatment
  • Stretching exercises
  • Manual joint and soft tissue mobilizations
  • Splinting
  • Hand/finger strengthening exercises
  • Task specific performance analysis