Symptoms of Dupuytren’s ContractureThese symptoms could indicate that you are suffering from Dupuytren’s Contracture
Dupuytren’s Contracture Symptoms
What are the symptoms of Dupuytren’s contracture?
The earliest symptoms of Dupuytren’s contracture are usually the development of small lumps (referred to as nodules) on the palm of the hand. In addition sufferers may notice unusual dimples on the hand, a thickening of the skin on the palm of the hand and sometimes some tenderness around the palm of the hand.
Over months or years, these nodules can develop into bands of contracted tissue that are called ‘cords’. As these cords develop a sufferer may notice that it becomes more and more difficult to straighten some fingers; most commonly the ring finger and little finger. In some rare case the condition can affect the feet, in which case the symptoms are similar to those in the hand, but affecting the toes rather than the fingers.
There are three stages in the development of Dupuytren Disease:
The Proliferative phase is the beginning of the condition, during which a patient may notice tenderness in the hand, with some discomfort. The pain is thought to be created by the nerve fibres within the tissue or the compression of nearby nerves within the hand.
During this phase the disease spreads along the tissues within the hand and begins to develop the ‘cord’.
It is the tightening of this ‘cord’ that is associated with the Residual phase of the condition. It is at this stage that the visible effects; i.e. the bent finger(s) can be noticed. When the disease progresses this far it can cause difficulty in manual handling such as picking things up, writing, drawing, or playing a musical instrument.
If you have any concerns about pain in your hands you should consult your doctor. If they suspect that you are potentially suffering from Dupuytren’s contracture they will carry out specific tests to find the best way to deal with the problem.
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Paul Newman, Frank Sinatra, Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Reagan, David Gower, Graham Gooch, Bill Nighy, and even the author J.M. Barrie have all suffered from the condition over the years. It is rumoured that J.M. Barrie, author of the legendary Peter Pan, used his own...