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Early stage Dupuytren’s contracture
Early stage Dupuytren’s contracture is the best time to help your body heal and remove the palm lump – before the finger cord develops. The DCI method also helps later and more advanced chronic cases of DC. However, more advanced DC takes longer to respond, and more effort is needed.
Natural self-help treatment for anyone with a small palm lump makes sense because Dupuytren can self-heal. The medial literature does not discuss this much, but everyone knows that a fair percent of small palm bumps spontaneously goes away by self-healing. DCI has worked for over 21 years a system of natural therapies to support and assist that process. When people with early Dupuytren’s contracture tissue follow a large DCI treatment plan, good things can happen. We receive 8-10 reports of moderate to marked improvement, even elimination, of the palm lump when using the DCI large plan, for every one report of failure.
Most people DCI deals with – and helps – are in early stage Dupuytren’s contracture. This is because the palm lump is smaller, softer and less infiltrated into the surrounding normal tissue.
Earlier is better
Dupuytren’s palm lumps are not known to stay small or remain a minor inconvenience. They often become a nasty surgical problem in a few years.
Early Dupuytren’s palm lumps can just go away by themselves. They self-heal. For example, like the many skin problems we all have that come and go from time to time. After all, that is the way the body is supposed to work. It happens all the time.
The immune system and regular metabolic activity are continually correcting small and large problems as they try to develop. Only occasionally – rather rarely – the body is unable to solve a problem. While an early palm lump is still small, you might be able to push that repair process along with help from DCI.
What is early stage Dupuytren’s contracture?
Basically, early stage Dupuytren’s contracture refers to the first signs and symptoms of Dupuytren’s disease on the surface of the palm:
- Small, callus-like dimples or lumps near the base of one or more fingers.
- Over time (months or years) it gradually becomes larger, harder, and thicker.
- Only later involves more area on the palm, and more fingers.
- Pain is variable, might even be absent.
- Almost always there is no finger cord in early stage.
- Because there is no finger cord yet, involved finger can be fully straightened, allowing full use of hand.
Standard medical care for early Dupuytren’s contracture
Often, when a doctor first diagnoses DC, he/she will offer no active treatment. Instead, the doctor will suggest watching and waiting to see how fast the DC will worsen. Hard to believe, the doctor does nothing to help the patient get better or avoid surgery. The doctor wants the patient to go home to wait for the palm lump to grow into a larger problem. Specifically, the doctor is looking for two things:
- The MCP joint (large knuckle) flexed over to 30 degree or more.
- Patient having a rough time living with the fingertip close to the palm.
The strategy is for the patient with early stage Dupuytren’s contracture to return when the fingers begin to curl close to the palm, and cannot be straightened. They call this “being ready for surgery.”
That is like telling a 400-pound patient to come back when they weigh 500 pounds, so the surgeon can do a staple surgery to lose weight. That does not make sense. Instead, that kind of strategy is good only for the doctor.
Common sense, please
Wouldn’t it make more sense to do something to keep the palm lump from getting worse? You know. Like trying to help the DC heal and go away? At DCI, we find we can help 8-10 people for every one we do not help, to improve their DC when they use our treatment ideas.
Perhaps DCI can assist you.
Don’t wait for early stage Dupuytren’s contracture to get worse. By doing nothing, you lose an opportunity to possibly recover. The time to act is when the problem is early and small.