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Facts on Hand (Dupuytren’s contracture) | Myths vs Facts

Myths vs Facts

Myth: Dupuytren’s contracture is a type of arthritis

Fact: The causes of Dupuytren's and arthritis are very different. Contracture is caused by a thickening of the tissue just below the skin of the palm, and the development of a cord that extends from the palm to the finger.

In arthritis, decreased mobility is caused by inflammation of the joint tissues or changes in the bones near the joints.

Myth: Hand injuries cause Dupuytren's contracture

Fact: Dupuytren's has been reported in a small number of people who have had hand injuries. However, it is hard to tell whether the injury accelerated the development of an already existing case of Dupuytren's, or whether the injury itself caused the disease. Discuss any hand injuries you've had with your doctor.

Myth: Other conditions, like diabetes, can cause Dupuytren's contracture

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

Myth: Surgery is the only treatment option for Dupuytren’s contracture

Fact: In addition to surgery, nonsurgical options are used to treat Dupuytren’s contracture. Like surgery, these treatments focus on reducing contracture and improving how much you can move and straighten your fingers. Consult a doctor for more information about treatment, including a nonsurgical option.