Dupuytren’s contracture is the result of knots of tissue forming under the skin, which eventually creates a thick cord that pulls one or more fingers, most often the two farthest from the thumb, towards the palm in a bent position.
The cause of Dupuytren contracture is unknown, there are several common risk factors. It is most common among men over 50 of Northern European descent. Diabetes and alcohol and tobacco consumption are also contributing factors. As well, studies show a connection between workers who use a lot of vibrating tools and Dupuytren contracture.
Dupuytren’s Contracture Treatment
While there is no cure, there are Dupuytren’s contracture treatments that can relieve symptoms and slow its progression.
Dupuytren’s contracture treatment is centred around removing or breaking apart the cords pulling the fingers into the bent position. This can be achieved in several different ways, such as needling, injecting steroids or collagenase, and surgery.
Shockwave Therapy and Dupuytren’s Contracture Treatment
For patients looking for a non-invasive form of Dupuytren’s contracture treatment, shockwave therapy is the ideal solution.
By targeting the affected area with acoustic pressure waves, shockwave therapy increases blood flow. This stimulates cells responsible for healing damaged tissue, enhancing the body’s natural healing process. As such, many healthcare professionals have successfully used shockwave therapy to treat many musculoskeletal disorders without drugs or surgery.
A study recently published in Advanced Biomedical Research examined the effect of using shockwave therapy as a form of Dupuytren’s contracture treatment.
Patients received six weekly sessions of shockwave therapy. Before treatment then six and 14 weeks after, researchers used the visual analog scale and the Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand questionnaire to assess results. They also measured finger contraction with a goniometer.
Researchers noted that pain continuously and significantly decreased up to the 14-week mark. They also noted that functional status improved as well as the contraction angle of fingers. In conclusion, researchers determined shockwave therapy was an effective Dupuytren’s contracture treatment modality.
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