Dupuytren’s contracture is an abnormal thickening and tightening of the normally elastic tissue beneath the skin of the palm and fingers. In Dupuytren’s contracture, the cords tighten, or contract, causing the fingers to curl forward. In severe cases, it can lead to crippling hand deformities. The nodules can occur in the palm of the hand or the foot.
These contractures can affect the old and the young alike. Dr. Tucker consults people with Dupuytren’s and looks for food sensitivities and allergies, sleep disturbances, blood sugar issues, and nutritional deficiencies as a potential cause or contributing factor to Dupuytren’s Contractures. Tucker says “I have seen cases improve with diet, fascial stretching and lifestyle changes. Other recommendations are to stop smoking, lose fat, and decrease alcohol intake.” For some individuals, Dr. Tucker recommends his specialty creams, a fat loss diet, fascial stretches, and even surgery. However, Tucker is in search of identifying the underlying cause instead of just sending patients off to surgery.
Fascial inflammation is an under-looked at diagnosis in the medical profession and needs to be evaluated in these types of chronic conditions. Dr. Jeffrey Tucker works with other practitioners to rule out the potential causes of Dupuytren’s contractures.