Dupuytren contracture is an abnormal thickening and tightening of the normally elastic tissue beneath the skin of the palm and fingers. This causes the cords to tighten or contract making the finger(s) curl forward. In severe cases, it can leave people with deformed hands or crippling.
Dupuytren’s disease typically starts at the age of 50 to 60, though even children have been reported to suffer from it. It is more prevalent in men than women. Dupuytren’s disease seems to be fairly wide-spread in both Europe as in the USA and Canada. A recent survey in Belgium found that 1/3 of the population over 50 shows signs, including sub-clinical symptoms.
Outside of steroid injections and stretching, surgery used to be the only option for people with this disorder, which is very painful and a long recovery time. There is a relatively new, FDA approved, non-surgical procedure available to those who have this, however, there are limited doctors in Canada trained to do it. We work with US doctors that are able to administer this treatment. If you or someone you know has been referred to have a surgery for this kind of hand ailment, please contact us as we may be able to offer a non-surgical procedure.