Dupuytren's Disease (Contracture)
- Dupuytren's disease is a condition that manifests with abnormal nodules and cords in the palms of the hands. In more advanced cases the diseaese cause the fingers to curl into the palm (contracture).
- The cause of Dupuytren's disease is unknown but hereditary factors are thought to play a strong role.
- Dr. Rubin can usually diagnose Dupuytren's diseaese by examining your hands. X-rays may be beneficial but do not aid in the diagnosis.
- Dupuytren's disease has an extremely variable progression. In some individuals it may never progress beyond small nodules and cords. In others it may progress to multiple nodules and cords with contractures.
- Treatment options are varied including non-surgical and surgical procedures. Dr. Rubin can discuss the treatment options with you and choose the measure that best suits your condition.
- Surgical procedures tend to have a lower chance of recurrence of the disese compared to non-surgical treatment measures. Dr. Rubin employs time honored procedures that promote predictable healing and early return to regular activities including sports.
- We encourage our patients to be as active as possible during their treatment because active patients recover more quickly. Dr. Rubin will help determine which activities are safe and beneficial to your recovery. Do not undertake strenuous activities without first consulting your physician.