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6 Signs You May Have Dupuytren’s Contracture

Everyday Health discusses signs you may have Dupuytren’s contracture, an abnormal thickening of the tissue in the hand, according to experts including Daniel A. Osei, MD, MSc, hand and upper extremity surgeon at HSS.

While some people with Dupuytren’s may only have the bumps underneath the skin, most experience worsening symptoms that can result in impaired function and mobility of the fingers without treatment. “Eventually, patients have a difficult time straightening their fingers,” said Dr. Osei.

For those who may experience a tough time putting their fingers into gloves, this might be a sign of Dupuytren’s. “Because of a finger bend, you might find it difficult to straighten your finger to get a glove on,” noted Dr. Osei. Similarly, when you go to put your hands in your pockets, four fingers might go in just fine, but one may get caught on the pocket.

Dr. Osei explained the condition doesn’t usually affect the ability to grip objects or make a fist, fortunately, however you may notice that you have a decreased range of motion in your fingers and hand. If you play golf or tennis, you may find that you can’t hold the tennis racket or golf club the way you used to.

Getting the correct diagnosis as early as possible can lead to treatment working more effectively. “When people haven’t heard of Dupuytren’s, they can’t recognize when it happens,” cited Dr. Osei. “That leads to delays of people coming into the office. We find that the earlier you recognize it and treat it appropriately, the better outcomes patients have,” he added.

Read the full article at Everydayhealth.com.