The role of the hand in our lives is very vital in maintaining a normal way of living. If anything happens to our hands, there will be a decrease in our daily productivity. A multitude of disease may hit our hands. It could come from viruses or bacteria, and also there are the common tissue disorders. One of the hand diseases that affect both the palm and the finger is the disease known as the hand contractures or the Dupuytren’s disease. This is a type of disease that slowly causes the tightening of tissues found underneath the skin of the palm and fingers. Because of the tightening, this will result in the bending of fingers towards the palms, not allowing an individual to fully stretch their fingers on the long run, or more severely, not allowing the fingers to move. Dupuytren’s disease, as of the moment, is known to be a disease that is inherited. There are medical remedies like injecting cortisone to prevent further tightening of the tissues. There are also surgeries that will help treat individuals with a much more severe case. The easiest way to prevent resolving this disease through surgery is by knowing the early developmental stages and learning Dupuytren’s disease symptoms.
Dupuytren’s disease is a naturally occurring disease under the skin, through the start of its development and in its early stages, pain is not a symptom. Moreover, there are no recognizable symptoms in the first stages of tightening. But later on, there are visible marks and changes on the hand. The earliest visible symptom is the recognizable abnormal thickening of the skin, it can be said that it is an abnormal growth when the thickness of the skin is not equal along the rest of the palm. The thickening can be seen near the ring finger and pinky. After a time, recognizable dimples will develop and can be seen. If still left untreated, the skin will continually harden and will result in a much larger clump of skin on the palm. The skin, in turn, will start to become very sensitive to the touch but not actually painful. The symptoms will get worse. The lump will eventually grow larger and harder. In severe cases, a tendon like form can be seen. It is then recognizable to be unable to fully stretch the fingers. Later on, the fingers will be visibly closer to the palm and can no longer be fully straightened. In this case, the disease has reached its middle stages and must be checked by a specialist before the hand may lose its capability of moving.