contracture is a painful hand condition
characterized by tissue pathology in the
palm and fingers. For reasons that are
not well understood, the tissue in the
hand begins to toughen, thereby causing
the fingers to curl in toward the palm.
This results in significant discomfort
and it can bring great functional disability.
The organic causes of Dupuytren's
contracture are somewhat unclear and
most information to date remains descriptive
in nature. The condition occurs more
commonly in people of European-American
descent and it is more prevalent in
men compared to women. Although there
is no evidence of a causal relationship,
Dupuytren's contracture is common among
people who smoke and drink, and it
is more likely to occur in people with
pre-existing medical conditions such
as diabetes, seizures, and arthritis.
Traditionally, treatment approaches
for Dupuytren's contracture have been
quite limited. Physicians often referred
patients to orthopedic surgery; however,
the condition is progressive and chronic
in nature and is found to reoccur following
surgery. Thus, surgery rarely presents
a viable long-term solution.
Alternative strategies involve exercising
the muscles in the hand and wrist so
as to keep muscles flexible and vital.
With a small investment of time each
day, exercise can ward off the onset
and progression of many repetitive
strain injuries. As a result, it represents
the forefront of treatment for Dupuytren's
contracture. To learn more about how
it works and what it can do for you,
visit the resource center at www.repetitive-strain.com.