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Spokespersons have been compensated to share their experiences with Dupuytren’s contracture.
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—John Elway

ANSWERS TO
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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Is Dupuytren’s contracture a type of arthritis?

Dupuytren’s contracture is actually caused by a buildup of collagen that forms a “rope-like” cord in the palm. Arthritis is a different condition altogether.

Do hand injuries cause Dupuytren’s contracture?

The exact cause of Dupuytren’s contracture is unknown. It has been reported in a number of people who have had hand injuries. But it’s hard to tell what the relationship between an injury and Dupuytren’s is. A hand injury may cause Dupuytren’s. Or, an injury may cause existing Dupuytren’s to worsen more quickly.

Do conditions such as diabetes cause Dupuytren’s contracture?

The risk of developing Dupuytren’s contracture may be higher in people with certain conditions, such as diabetes. However, there is currently no clinical evidence to prove that a connection exists.

Is surgery the only option for Dupuytren’s contracture?

Surgery is not the only option. There are nonsurgical options available, too. When talking with a hand specialist, make sure you remember to talk about all of your treatment options.

Is treatment only available for severe contractures?

There are options available for people with contractures ranging from mild to more severe. You don’t need to wait until the contracture gets worse to do something about it.

Are all treatment options the same?

No, they’re not. Some differences include recovery time and where the procedure will take place. But because all options are different, it’s very important that you speak with a hand specialist to figure out which one is right for you.

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