Treat Your Dupuytren’s Disease at KSF Orthopaedic Center
At KSF Orthopaedic Center, we provide treatment options for patients in the Houston and Spring, TX areas who need help managing the discomfort associated with Dupuytren’s Disease. Our dedicated medical team has years of experience addressing chronic pain conditions, and we can help alleviate some of the side effects so you can get back to living your life comfortably. Our premier clinic and state-of-the-art MRI and computer imaging diagnostics ensure we get to the root cause of your pain. Learn more to see how we go about treating our patients Dupuytren’s Disease or call now to schedule an appointment at one of our three convenient locations.
What is Dupuytren’s Disease?
Dupuytren’s Disease is described as a noncancerous, abnormal thickening of the skin in the palm of your hand at your finger’s base. Hard knots may form under the skin, and in some patients, these knots may develop cords that pass into the fingers. And though these cords may feel or look like tendons, they actually lie above the tendons and can become quite painful. They have even been known to contract (curl) your fingers down or sideways into your palm. Occasionally the disease can also cause thickening over the top of the knuckles. Similarly, this rare condition can occur in the soles of the feet. If you think you are experiencing this in either of your hands or feet, we encourage you to reach out to our skilled team for professional help. Our staff has ample experience dealing with Dupuytren’s Disease and can deliver treatment options to improve your condition significantly.
What are the Causes of Dupuytren’s Disease?
The cause of Dupuytren’s Disease is often unknown, and no permanent cure has yet to be discovered. Some studies suggest that this condition is hereditary, though more research must be concluded in the future to give patients a sure answer. Some of the things we do know about this condition are:
- It is more common in people with Northern European ancestors.
- It occurs more often in men and people over the age of 40.
- This disease has been linked to Diabetes.
- There is no clear evidence to link Dupuytren’s Disease to specific occupations or injury.
- Cigarette smoking, alcoholism, and nutritional deficiencies may contribute to the development of the disease.
- Certain medicines used to treat seizures could be linked to this condition.
Symptoms of Dupuytren’s Disease
Though we may not yet know how to cure Dupuytren’s Disease completely, we do know how to identify it. Our seasoned doctors can make the diagnosis of Dupuytren’s Disease by merely examining your hand. Only observation is needed for nodules and cords that are not painful and do not cause finger contractures. If the disease becomes painful or the fingers start to pull down into the palm, surgery may be necessary. We will discuss your options and do what we can to mitigate symptoms. Common indications that one may have Dupuytren’s Disease include the following:
- You see or feel one or several small lumps in the palm
- You’re experiencing hand pain in the regions affected by the disease
- You’re unable to place the palm flat on a surface (tabletop test)
- The lumps (nodules) thicken or tighten, causing thick bands of tissue under the skin of the palm or hand
- Your fingers are pulled forward or sideways into your hand
- The pits or grooves in the skin of the hand become compressed due to contracted fingers
- Areas of the hand become sore or experience skin loss
- Your hands (or feet) begin not working as well as you believe they should
Treatment Options for Dupuytren’s Disease
Although research is being performed using injectable substances to treat Dupuytren’s Disease, there is no sure-fire solution currently available that has been shown to provide any significant, long-term relief. The most common way in which we treat Dupuytren’s Disease is through surgery. This is a valuable solution when patients come to us with limited use of their hands (or feet). It should be noted that surgery is not a cure, and even after successful surgery, symptoms may still return. Post-operatively, most patients will need splinting and hand therapy to help control scar formation, as well as exercise to help regain function of the hand. We may also introduce other treatment options, including steroid injections, radiation therapy, enzyme injections, and needle aponeurotomy.
Schedule Your Appointment Today!
If you’re a Houston or Spring, TX resident dealing with Dupuytren’s Disease, don’t wait to give us a call! Over the years, we’ve helped countless patients overcome chronic pain, and we look forward to extending the same services to you. Contact one of our locations today to set up your appointment. No one should have to live with aching hands or feet. We can address your condition today and get you back on track to living a happy and healthy life.