Have you noticed that your hands are not quite working as well as they normally do? Have certain tasks become more difficult and it feels like your hands and fingers are just not cooperating? You may be beginning to feel the symptoms of a progressive disease known as Dupuytren’s contracture. This painful condition can become debilitating if left untreated, but fortunately, an effective treatment is available at the Fitzmaurice Hand Institute in Phoenix.
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What are the Symptoms of Dupuytren’s Contracture?
Dupuytren’s contracture causes the fibrous connective tissue underneath the skin of the palm and fingers to become thick and contracted over time. Typically the ring and little fingers are affected by the disease. The symptoms include:
Thickened bands of tissue – The toughened skin will be physically and visibly evident under the skin of the palm.
Nodules – Small lumps of fibrous tissue may form along the bands, which are initially painful and tender to the touch.
Curled fingers – As the fibrous tissue tightens and contracts, the fingers will begin to curl in toward the palm and become more and more difficult to straighten. Holding items or even placing your hand in a coat pocket can be challenging and painful.
Can My Hand Deformity Be Cured?
While there is currently no cure for Dupuytren’s tissue, it is possible to treat the symptoms and restore normal movement and function of the fingers. At the Fitzmaurice Hand Institute, Dr. Fitzmaurice specializes in administering effective, minimally invasive treatments for this uncomfortable and debilitating condition. The most common treatments include:
Needle Aponeurotomy – The thickened cords of tissue are separated with needles to help the fingers straighten and function properly. The procedure is quick and is ideal for moderate stages of Dupuytren’s.
Therapeutic Injections – Steroid injections can alleviate pain and decrease the size of nodules by 80 percent particularly when performed at an early stage.
EndoTech® Endoscopic Dupuytren’s Contracture Surgery – This revolutionary treatment developed by Dr. Fitzmaurice involves performing a fasciectomy with the assistance of an endoscopic device. With only a few small incisions and a clear visual of the surgical site, Dr. Fitzmaurice can remove abnormal tissue and reduce the risk of recurrence of the disease.
Contact the Leading Hand Expert in Phoenix Today!
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice of the Fitzmaurice Hand Institute in Phoenix is a national expert in minimally invasive treatment for Dupuytren’s contracture and injuries of the hands and upper extremities. Call (480) 526-5106 today to schedule a consultation and discuss your options for trigger thumb treatment.