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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.