Dupuytren’s Contracture

What is Dupuytren’s contracture, and how is it treated?

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What Is Dupuytren’s Contracture?

Dupuytren’s disease is characterized by the thickening of tissue in the hand.

As the fascia found beneath the skin thickens and tightens, hard, visible knots form in the palm of the hand. These are known as Dupuytren’s contractures.

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About Dupuytren's Contracture


While there is no known cause for the condition, it is most prevalent in men over 40 years old and is thought to be hereditary.

Patients with Dupuytren’s contracture may experience the following symptoms:

  • Pain 
  • Inability to flatten the hand on a flat surface
  • Fingers that remain flexed and pulling towards the palm

At OrthoNeuro, our Board Certified Orthopedic Hand and Wrist Specialists have helped thousands of patients with Dupuytren’s contracture live active and healthy lives using the latest non-surgical options.

Treatment Options for Dupuytren’s Contracture

In most cases, Dupuytren’s contracture can be managed using non-surgical treatment options.

At OrthoNeuro, these options may include:

  • Activity modification
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Corticosteroid injections

In the instances where Dupuytren’s contracture has not responded to conservative treatments, your OrthoNeuro Specialist may recommend a surgical procedure to alleviate pain.

These procedures may include:


Fasciotomy – A surgical procedure in which the hand surgeon divides thickened tissue cords. 

Subtotal palmar fasciectomy – A procedure used to remove tissue and straighten the fingers.

Patients who are experiencing the symptoms of Dupuytren’s contracture should not delay a diagnosis.

The decision of what treatments are best for you will be determined by what you and your OrthoNeuro Specialist feel are best.

Make an Appointment with an OrthoNeuro Specialist Today!

If you have been experiencing the symptoms of Dupuytren’s contracture, schedule an appointment with one of our Board Certified Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Specialists at one of our 7 convenient locations throughout Greater Columbus. 

Best of all, most patients can be seen within 24 hours of making an appointment.

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