Primarily affecting the elderly community, Dupuytren’s contracture sufferers now have additional treatment options to consider when fighting the slowly debilitating hand disease. Coastal Orthopedics doctors treat the disease using a series of injections, as an alternative to surgery, which often allows patients to regain the use of their hand sooner.
Dupuytren’s contracture is a progressive condition in which the hand and fingers will slowly contract over time, eventually closing the fingers and impairing hand use. The gradual onset of the disease usually begins with a small lump in the palm with progressive formation of rope-like cords that cause the contractures, preventing the ability to open one’s fingers and place the hand flat. While there is no known cause, men are more likely to suffer from the condition, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
One of the newest treatments, provided at Coastal Orthopedics used to fight Dupuytren’s contracture is known as XIAFLEX, a newly FDA-approved nonsurgical procedure that can give patients the use of their hand back sooner than traditional treatments.
After a Dupuytren’s contracture procedure, patients will undergo lightweight physical therapy to further assist the hand in regaining full-use.