Natural Therapies Relieves Symptoms of Dupuytren's Contracture
Everyday activities can be a struggle if you live with hand
pain. We all know that when you're suffering with sore
hands it can be very hard to do even the most simple of
tasks! So, what can you do to help ease your symptoms?
What Is Dupuytren's Contracture?
Quite simply, Dupuytren's contracture is a shortening and thickening
of the palm's tissue that can result in clawing of your fingers. While
the cause is unknown, it may be hereditary. Other risk factors also
include age, alcoholism, epilepsy and diabetes.
The best treatment for Dupuytren's contracture treatment includes a
range of therapies.
The disease may often progress in fits and starts and may take years
to fully limit the functioning of your hand.
What Are The Symptoms of Dupuytren's Contracture?
Dupuytren's Contracture symptoms often include:
~ A lump or nodule appears on the palm, often close to the base of
your ring or little finger.
~ The appearance of a thickened cord running along your palm to
~ As the contracture develops, your fingers become clawed as they
are pulled towards the palm.
~ Your hand shape looks bowed.
~ Your fingers are pulled against the palm.
~ Often, the skin of your palm looks dimpled and puckered.
What Is The Cause of Dupuytren's Contracture?
While doctors do not know what causes the palmar fascia to thicken
and contract, contributing factors may include:
~ Age, the condition is more common in later years of life.
~ Gender, about 10 times more men than women are affected.
~ Heredity, the condition tends to run in families.
~ Ancestry, those with Celtic or Scandinavian ancestry are at
~ Medical conditions, such as diabetes and epilepsy show a higher
incidence of Dupuytren's Contracture
~ Alcoholism, the contracture tends to be common and more severe
in those living with alcoholism.
What Is The Best Treatment for Dupuytren's Contracture?
Generally, your treatment will depend on the severity of your
condition. Treatment options may include:
~ Occupational therapy
~ Compression gloves worn at night to assist straighten the affected
finger, speed recovery and gently ease pain. Thermomedic therapy
gloves and wrist supports are so soothing and safe to wear day and
night as they are non-medicated and will not interfere with any
prescription medications you may require
~ Hand exercises improve flexibility and maintain hand strength
~ Gentle massage
How Does Dupuytren's Contracture Affect My Hands?
Dupuytren's contracture is a hand deformity that affects a layer of
tissue that lies under the skin of your palm. Knots of tissue form under
the skin which eventually form a thick cord which pull your fingers into
a bent position.
Fingers which have been affected by Dupuytren's contracture can't
be straightened properly, so often complicate everyday activities such
as opening jars, turning door handles or even just shaking hands.
Dupuytren's contracture often affects your ring finger and pinky.
Protecting your hands and fingers with far infrared compression
gloves may help to slow the progression of Dupuytren's contracture
and relieve symptoms.
Lifestyle and Home Care
Lifestyle factors can play an important part of coping with the
symptoms. If you suffer with Dupuytren's contracture, you may enjoy
soothing relief by:
~ Stretching your fingers and gently bend your fingers to help
~ Using massage before stretching to warm up your hands.
~ Protecting your hands with ThermomedicTM therapy gloves to ease
pain and prevent damage to delicate skin.
~ Avoid tightly gripping on tools or objects to prevent pain
If pain persists or continues to worsen, please consult your doctor.
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