Dupuytren’s Contracture is a disorder of a thickened ligament in the palm. This results in nodules on the ligament, which if severe enough, can cause an inability to fully straighten the fingers. The ring and small fingers are most commonly affected in Dupuytren’s contracture. The cause of this disorder is unknown. It is seen more commonly in men and is usually found in individuals of Northern European extraction.
If the deformity is mild and there is no functional loss, no surgery is needed; however, if there is significant contracture that interferes with full use of the hand, surgery may be necessary. Surgical removal of a portion of the ligament is the treatment of choice to improve function and to prevent further deformity in the hand. Your hand surgeon will determine which treatment option is best for you.
If you suffer from Dupuytren’s Contracture, let’s talk. Dr. Berschback is located in the Eau Claire, Altoona, and Chippewa Falls area, as well as Ladysmith and Rice Lake.