How to reverse Dupuytren’s contracture
Can Dupuytren’s contracture be reversed, really?
First, before answering this question, it is important to explain what it means to reverse Dupuytren’s contracture (DC).
Medical literature explains the usual progression of DC in detail. It describes how growth of the palm lump, or finger cord, can stop and slow down as it develops. Further, these changes can go so far that the Dupuytren’s contracture even self-heals in its early stages. This can take place over a span of many months, or even years. This variable development of DC occurs only because the body can affect the fibrous DC tissue. That being the case, these minor and brief changes can go as far as being able to self-heal or reverse Dupuytren’s contracture.
It is reasonable to look upon this stopping, slowing and reversing of Dupuytren’s contracture as an incomplete or failed healing. The body always tries to be well. Accordingly, the body is programmed to heal itself to the best of its ability. It is how we survive. Sometimes the healing works, and sometimes it does not. For this reason, the best and easiest way to reverse Dupuytren’s contracture is to help the body heal itself. Using the DCI treatment strategy increases the odds for the body to do a better job of healing and repair. Think of it as a way of taking advantage of a natural process that needs a little help.
Body is smarter than science
There is a lot that science does not know. Science still does not completely understand how the body does the thousands of common daily activities, like:
- Making a red blood cell
- Digesting food
- Regulating blood pressure
- Thinking a thought
- Mending a broken bone
Specifically, medical science freely admits it knows little about DC. It is not necessary for science to understand how the body self-heals DC. The DCI encourages how the body reverses Dupuytren’s contracture, even if the process is a mystery.
Help the body reverse Dupuytren’s contracture, naturally
The DCI therapy method is simple and direct. Supplying certain vitamins, minerals and enzymes floods the problem tissue with what it needs to heal most effectively. A few dietary changes and external therapies support healing further. The idea is to assist the body to repair a little better than it is currently, and in this way reverse Dupuytren’s contracture.
DC is a tough and stubborn problem. A general going into war will use as many different weapons from different directions, as possible. DCI does something similar. It is not a small effort to reverse Dupuytren’s contracture. It requires intense and aggressive treatment effort, from different directions, to support successful healing.
Once you see how to stop Dupuytren’s contracture, it is not complicated, and makes sense. Brief outline of DCI treatment method:
- Dietary avoidance – Strictly avoid those foods that give you digestive trouble. Keep your digestive tract happy. In this way, there is improved absorption of necessary nutrients for better healing.
A. Any specific food sensitivity. Examples:
1) Onions 2) Spicy, hot foods
3) Pizza 4) Sea food
5) Pickles 6) Nuts, etc.
B. General or broad food sensitivity. Examples:
1) Gluten 2) Carbohydrates
3) MSG 4) Dairy
5) Caffeine 6) Sulfites
7) Amines, etc.
- DCI treatment plans – more information about DCI treatment plans
A. Vitamins, minerals and enzymes important to reversing Dupuytren’s contracture – used internally
1) The key to using these DCI plans is to take them correctly in combination on a
gradually increasing dosage schedule
B. DMSO trio – used externally
C. Ultrasound therapy – used externally
- DCI hand stretching exercises
Apply all these therapies at the same time. Follow the specific instructions provided with each plan.
Effectiveness of DCI therapy plans to reverse Dupuytren’s contracture
DCI has been around since 2004. It works with men and women to help them at least slow, and sometimes reverse, their Dupuytren’s contracture. Reports we receive indicate 8-10 people see moderate to marked success over their DC, for every one report of failure. Those who closely follow the DCI instructions they are given, and allow enough time for the tissue to respond, get better results. Please refer to Start Dupuytren treatment.
Not all DC gets worse
Not all cases of DC look, act, develop, or end up the same. There are always minor differences between cases. All the experts agree on that. One of these differences is whether there is improvement, or reversal, of the palm lump, especially during the early stages. This improvement or reversal can be minor or great. The reversal can also be brief, followed by a return of the Dupuytren’s contracture palm lump. On the other hand, permanent when the palm lump reversal never returns.
Some experts say DC is permanent and constant, and never reverses itself. Other experts report that DC will sometimes improve. But then again, there are always differences of opinion, even among the experts.
Primarily, someone’s view about reversing Dupuytren’s contracture depends on his or her experience. Those who talk only occasionally to a few DC cases might not hear much about self-correction. DCI talks to people from around the world, and hears hundreds of stories about reversal. For example, DCI records show 5-10% of people with DC report one or two brief periods of reversal or improvement of the palm lump in the early stages. This is a small percent, but significant when the reversals become permanent. This is where DCI would like to see all people.
Reversal of Dupuytren’s contracture is great news for anyone with a palm lump or finger cord. When a palm nodule or finger cord reverses, even a little, it is a small and imperfect variation of DC healing. Reversal means a person has hope, a chance, to push it even further to complete healing.
Can you reverse Dupuytren’s contracture with hand surgery?
You might think, “Why do all this work? I can have some kind of hand surgery, like needle aponeurotomy or a fasciectomy, to reverse my Dupuytren’s contracture. Snip, snip, and it is gone, right?”
No. Hand surgery of any type, even the hand surgery of a Xiaflex injection, does not reverse Dupuytren’s contracture. After DC hand surgery, the hand still has the tendency to over-produce fibrous tissue. And it often does just that. The purpose of DC hand surgery is to do only one specific thing: To improve finger movement as much as possible. Not to get rid of Dupuytren’s contracture.
Dupuytren’s contracture surgery removes just enough fibrous palm tissue to allow the fingers to move better – for a while. However, some abnormal fibrous tissue remains behind after surgery. Removal of it all is impossible. For this reason, too much fibrous tissue can still be created after injury, or other reasons. Meaning, the palm lump and finger cord can grow back in time. The term for this is Dupuytren’s contracture recurrence.
Dupuytren’s contracture recurrence
Commonly, 2-4 years (sometimes as soon as 6 months, or as long as 10 years or more) after DC surgery, the palm lump or finger cord will return. Because of this, half the people who contact DCI for advice have had one or more hand surgeries. These people often say the same sad thing. They thought their first Dupuytren’s contracture hand surgery would eliminate their hand problem. They thought their hand would be normal after their first surgery. The opposite happens.
When DC returns after hand surgery, the hand can become worse for three reasons:
- A little normal skin and muscle tissue is lost with each hand surgery. After a few hand surgeries, those losses add up. The hand becomes clumsy, weak, or achy. In addition, each hand surgery damages normal and healthy nerves and blood vessels. This results in inevitable pain, numbness and circulatory issues. Even excellent surgeries leave the hand less than perfect.
- Each surgery leaves behind some old DC fibrous tissue that can continue to cause problems, as it continues to grow larger. Think of pruning a bush to stimulate new growth.
- Each surgery can stimulate new Dupuytren’s contracture fibrous tissue that can further contract the palm and fingers. The new DC naturally grows larger. Think of stirring up a beehive.
This explains why so many patients with Dupuytren’s contracture have so many hand surgeries. It is common for someone who develops DC in their 50s to have 2-5 hand surgeries by the time they are in their 70s. The record number DCI has heard about is one person having 11 Dupuytren’s contracture hand surgeries. So, no, the idea you can reverse Dupuytren’s contracture with surgery is not true.
Everyone who has palm lumps, finger cords and contracted fingers wants to know how to stop Dupuytren’s contracture. Medical science only thinks about drugs and surgery.