Lump on Palm of Hand

Palm lump makes life difficult

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Simply because you have one or two small lumps on the palms of the hand does not mean you have Dupuytren contracture, but it is fairly likely since it is one of the most common reasons for that type of finding to occur.  If you conduct a brief online web search for ‘lump on palm of the hand” you will learn that nodules and lumps on the palm are almost always Dupuytren contracture.

In the beginning of this problem usually there is a small lump or series of lumps or even pits in the palm of those who have Dupuytren’s disease, and this tissue often has a swirled appearance like the lump was made of melted wax that did not go straight down.   A dense cord of tissue may develop as time passes, and this might extend from the palm to one or more fingers, usually the ring and mDupuytren contracture affects the 4th and 5th fingers most often iddle fingers and never the index finger. The cords look like tendons when the fingers move and feel like tendons under the skin. However, these cords lay on top of the actual tendons and are just below the skin.   It is not uncommon for both hands to have one or more lump on palm of the hand, although the number and pattern does not have to be the same.  Sometimes one hand has two or three lumps on the palm, while the other hand has only one; sometimes one hand has different fingers affected than the other hand; when the pattern is the same it is purely by accident.

When the lump on palm of the hand first appears it might be painful, but only slightly; seldom is the pain severe.  For this reason Dupuytren contracture is not typically thought of as a painful condition, only one in which hand movement is limited and function is compromised by the continued thickening of the lump on the palm and the cord that extends from it into the finger which is closest.

The most consistent test for Dupuytrens contracture is the inability to completely flatten the involved palm of the hand down on a firm surface.  As the nodule and lump on the palm of the hand progresses in size and density it causes the finger to curl more and more into the palm, making it difficult and later impossible to lay the palm flat on a table top.   This causes greater difficulty doing simple tasks that are part of daily life:

  • Wash the hands and face
  • Go to the bathroom
  • Use a knife and fork while eating
  • Button clothing
  • Wear gloves
  • Drive a car
  • Put your hands in a small space like a pocket

Over a period of time it is seen that each lump on palm of the hand will get larger and more problematic; some are faster than others, but all eventually progress to make use of the involved hand more difficult with time.  This is why it is said that if a person first gets a lump on palm of the hand while in his 40s it will tend to be a worse problem than someone who first gets his lump on palm of the hand while in his 70s.  It is simply because the younger person will live long enough to encounter greater changes in the Dupuytren contracture.

Learn how to treat this problem with the Alternative Medicine methods of the Dupuytren Contracture Institute.

12 thoughts on “Lump on Palm of Hand

  1. Patricia says:

    I have had these lumps in both palms removed but now after 3 years later they have grown back. This Dupuytren’s contracture palm lumps are on the muscle of each hand which makes the fingers hard to bend.

  2. Dr. Herazy says:

    Greetings Patricia,

    Every day I receive emails and phone calls from people who notice a lump on the palm of the hand returning after having Dupuytren’s contracture surgery. Many of these palm lumps return in a year or so; sometimes it takes up to 10 years to return. Based on the reports I receive, I estimate that the average DC palm lump returns in about 2-3 years.

    It is the nature of the tissue in Dupuytren’s contracture for the fibrous palm lump to eventually return. In fact, most of these people report that the second time the Dupuytren’s contracture appears it is usually larger and a greater problem. I suggest you consider doing all that you can to avoid additional Dupuytren’s contracture surgery; it will likely result in yet another return of even more palm lumps. I have heard from people who have had 4-5 hand surgeries, each one leaving the hand more limited and painful than the last.

    DCI has been around since 2002. We receive 8-10 reports of moderate to marked success for natural treatment of Dupuytren’s contracture, for every one report of failure; that is a whole lot of success compared to failure. Also, we have never received a report of recurrence of a palm lump after successful DCI treatment.

    If you have any questions about DCI treatment, please let me know. Good luck to you. TRH

  3. Kathy says:

    I have 3 lumps on my left palm and one on my right. How soon should I start treatment, if it is dupuytren’s contracture?

  4. 88TRH88 says:

    Greetings Kathy,

    You should start natural Dupuytren’s contracture treatment as soon as possible; the earlier the better. Early treatment assures that the problem is as small and less developed as possible. TRH

  5. 88TRH88 says:

    Greetings Randy,

    I suggest you get busy trying to do all that you can to help your body eliminate that fibrous tissue. People who use the DCI method the way we suggest get good results: For years we have been told by 8-10 people that they see moderate to marked improvement of various aspects of their Dupuytren’s contracture, for every one report that not much happened. Those are some pretty good reports. Consider trying to see if you can get your body to do a better job of reducing your DC. Let me know if you need any help. TRH

  6. Dr. Herazy says:

    Greetings Darla,

    The DCI treatment for Dupuytren’s contracture is not one thing; it is a group of many different therapies. These therapies are combined, meaning they are done at the same time, to support and improve your natural healing response. Using many therapies at the same time is what makes the DCI treatment so unique and effective. The DCI approach is a serious effort to build you up and support your healing response against Dupuytren’s contracture. DCI attacks the palm lump from many directions at the same time.

    Dupuytren’s contracture is a difficult problem to treat. Surgery so often makes the problem worse because it stirs up the tendency of the body to produce too much collagen and fibrin in the palm. Rather than trying to help DC with one “silver bullet” treatment, DCI treatment works to overwhelm the problem from different directions at the same time. DCI uses many different vitamins, minerals, enzymes, ultrasound, topical therapies like DMSO, plus stretching and dietary changes.

    As a result, DCI gets reports of moderate to marked improvement of Dupuytren’s contracture from 8-10 users of our Large Plan, for every one report of failure. We get reports from people who cancel their hand surgery because of improvement, and people who have had hand surgery. Wonderful things can happen when the program is done according to the instructions that come with each order.

    Please spend some time reviewing the DCI website. Contact me if you have specific questions. TRH

  7. Laura says:

    I need to get on your regime to treat Dupuytren’s contracture. I have a knot in my palm that hurts when I twist a doorknob and drive. The pea size knot or lump has not affected my finger movement. My dad also has a couple of these knots in his palm. Please send me more information.

  8. Dr. Herazy says:

    Greetings Laura,

    Yes, you should do something to help your palm lumps heal before they get develop further. When people follow the large PDI treatment plan we get reports from 8-10 saying they have moderate to marked reduction of hte size. shape, density and adhesion of the nodules, for every one who report of failure. Those are good odds to reduce the need of needless hand surgery.

    The best information to get started is here, start treating DC. Best of luck to you. TRH

  9. Annette says:

    I am a 57-year-old woman and developed painful lumps from Dupuytren’s contracture in both hands September 2021. My GP in UK is unhelpful, no advice or interest in me. My dad who died in 2015 had the same in both hands when he was 60 but an operation on his hands didn’t help. I can put hands flat but aware of bumps. Is it hereditary as haven’t damaged my hands to my knowledge? I don’t know what exercises or treatment to use and feel scared. Can you help please as am getting nowhere with help here. Thank you.

  10. Dr. Herazy says:

    Greetings Anette,

    Sorry to learn of your hand problem and fears. Many people eventually use natural self-help care for their Dupuytren’s contracture because their MDs have little interest in the problem. It puts them in control of their hand problem, and it often works better than they imagined. MDs do not seem to care much about Dupuytren’s contracture because they know they can do so little for the problem, and because the Xiaflex and hand surgery they use often makes the problem worse.

    Yes, there is a strong hereditary connection in many cases of Dupuytren’s contracture. Some say as many as 70% or more cases of DC are found in families who share this terrible hand condition. However, injury, overuse, certain drugs, and hand surgery can all trigger or aggravate Dupuytren’s contracture.

    Please consider using natural treatment for your hand lumps to see if you can eliminate or at least slow down this problem. When people faithfully use the large DCI treatment plan as described, 8-10 report moderate to marked improvement of their Dupuytren’s contracture for each report of failure. Very good results, and no risk of side effects or aggravation of the problem as with surgery and Xiaflex injections.

    Exercises by themselves will not help Dupuytren’s contracture too much — the problem is very difficult to treat. But certain hand stretching exercises are an important and helpful part of a good DC treatment plan. Please go to hand stretches for Dupuytren’s contracture for more information. TRH

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