Many of us do it without really thinking about it, but picking up a glass, grabbing the keys or making a phone call tends to be a conscious decision for those with dupuytrens. "Opening my hands up to grasp large objects but also I had a problem closing my hand adequately to hold on to small objects," says George Brinson.
The 69 year old retired veteran is no stranger to this condition. "I had problems with dupuytrens about… beginning around the time I was in my late 30s and early 40s. I didn't speak to a physician about it until I was in my early 40s." I have two brothers, both of them have dupuytrems and both of them had surgery."
Dupuytrens contracture is a condition where collagen deposits form a cord under the skin of the palm. As the cord extends, it presses on the joint of the fingers, causing them to curl. Surgery was always a form of treatment, but Dr. Sandra Collins, an orthopedic surgeon the the Lee Memorial Health System medical staff, introduced George to a new injection therapy called Xiaflex. "It's fast. It's a much easier recovery than some of the surgeries but also it has a low reoccurrence rate." After just one injection, George noticed a difference." After about two weeks, that joint was straight! I had not been able to use a computer and type for 8 or 9 years and I was actually able to type the night after."
The number of injections a person has is based on their own individual condition. Not only are the results fast, but there's very little pain, if any at all.