Diseases of the joints are among the most common diseases in recent times. Often there is such a condition as contracture, when the flexion of the joint is very painful or completely unworkable. One of the varieties is Dupuytren's contracture. Treatment with folk remedies (reviews about it are mostly positive) helps to cope with the disease if it is not started.
The disease is expressed by excessive proliferation of tendon tissues and their deformation, as a result of which the fingers are fixed in a bent position, and their extension is limited, which entails partial or complete immobility. This can lead to the loss of the main function of the brush. The localization of the process takes place on the palm of your hand. In the area of the damaged tendon develops a seal in the form of a skinny nodule. The tendons of the ring finger and the little finger on the right arm are most often affected.The disease contracture Dupuytrena got its name after the name of the French doctor who described in detail the clinical picture of this disease. The most common ailment occurs in men in adulthood, in women it occurs 10 times less often. At an early stage it is quite possible to apply the treatment with folk remedies. But with a progressive course of the disease, it is often necessary to do without surgical intervention.
Considering the symptoms, we can distinguish 4 stages of Dupuytren's contracture:
1. The formation of a small nodule or seal on the palm of a size of 0.5 to 1 cm, which do not interfere with daily life. Only sometimes when palpation pain can occur.
2. The weight increases in size, extending to the main phalanx of the finger, the skin at this place becomes coarser, folds and funnel-shaped depressions appear on it. The extension function is limited, but insignificant, therefore, with the timely diagnosis of a disease such as Dupuytren's contracture, treatment without surgery can still yield a positive result.
3. The process is spread in such a way that the deficit of extension can reach 90 degrees. To bring the finger into a fully extended position, it often requires a palmar capsulotomy. To fully restore the extension of the finger, surgical intervention is necessary.
4. The pathological process captures the tendon apparatus and joint structures. To the inflexion of the affected finger, Dupuytren's contracture can eventually result. The operation at this stage does not always give a positive result. In some cases, it comes down to amputation.
The clinical picture has its own characteristics. The appearance on the palm of a dense nodule in the area of the metacarpophalangeal joint, together with the limitation of the possibility of extension of the finger, is the main symptom of the disease. The gradual increase in this compaction in size leads to a shortening of the tendon and the formation of contracture in the interphalangeal joint.
On the affected area, funnel-shaped depressions and protuberances are clearly visible. Painful sensations in the first stages of the disease are practically absent. They complain about no more than 10% of patients who are diagnosed with Dupuytren's contracture. A photo of the expressed signs of the disease demonstrate that it is difficult to confuse them with the symptoms of any other diseases.
Often, patients turn to the doctor when the disease is started and the functions of the hand are already broken. Even at the earliest stages, the diagnosis is determined by the characteristic clinical picture by the method of palpation, determination of the degree of mobility of the fingers, by the estimation of the amplitude of joint movements (without the use of any laboratory studies). Of great importance is the timely diagnosed "Dupuytren's contracture." Treatment without surgery with the use of conservative methods in this case can have a positive effect.
Most scientists believe that the main cause of the disease lies in the inherited inferiority of connective tissue, as well as in the insufficient recovery of adenosine triphosphate. A number of factors can provoke the disease: age problems (arthritis, arthrosis), chronic palm injury, associated with hard working conditions, bad habits, and lack of blood circulation. All this contributes to the development of Dupuytren's contracture disease. The causes can be and others, for example, diabetes, kidney disease, nervous system, epilepsy.
Treatment by movement. Doctor's comments
One of the most effective methods of treatment and prevention according to doctors' reviews is the conduct of therapeutic gymnastics. Correctly selected movements cause an increase in nutrition in the periarticular tissues, promote the normalization of metabolism, thereby reducing the risk that Dupuytren's contracture will arise. Gymnastics includes such exercises as extensor gymnastics when, using a healthy arm, the patient performs the development of the fingers of the affected hand, conducting their smooth extension in combination with stroking movements on the forearm.
Of active exercises, as doctors say, the most effective exercises with the use of simulators. They can be purchased at any sports shop. These are special balls for the brush, spring or rubber simulators-expanders. Applying them for a month for 15-20 minutes daily, you can significantly increase the strength of stretched muscles.
According to experts, only with the manifestation of perseverance and perseverance is overcome such an ailment as Dupuytren's contracture. Treatment of folk remedies is good, but it will be effective only when it is added to the implementation of simple exercises for the development of the muscles of the hands. They are aimed at stretching the shortened and strengthening the weakened muscles. An integrated approach, including exercise therapy, is very important in this disease.
If you can visit the physiotherapy room, it should not be missed either.
Folk remedies. Reviews
Widely used by people who have Dupuytren's contracture, treatment with folk remedies. Feedback on the use of various home techniques confirm that with their help you can significantly slow down or even stop the progression of the disease. Patients every evening apply ointments and trimmings, cooked independently.
Treatment of the disease with folk remedies requires maximum attention, so you need to allocate time for it. The effectiveness of prescriptions of traditional medicine, as noted by patients, is particularly high in the early stages of the disease, as well as in the postoperative period. The main methods of combating the disease are the use of sprouts, baths, compresses.
The most popular bath is cleaning potatoes, carrots, onions and beets. In a large pot, place cleaning, pour water and add a spoonful of salt and 20 drops of tincture of iodine (5 liters of cleaning). The whole mass cook until softening vegetables, then cool to a temperature of 40 degrees and lower it into a sick hand for 10 minutes, trying to straighten fingers. After the procedure, wrap the brush with a warm towel.
The use of massage and compresses
Massage with butter, as the patients testify, also helps to get rid of such an ailment as Dupuytren's contracture. Hands are covered with oil (preferably home-made), then stroked for 6 minutes, rubbing fingers and palms well before the appearance of tolerable pain.
For compresses, you can use aloe juice. Dense leaf knead, grease the sore spot and leave for a few minutes, after which wash your hands with warm water. A very effective use as a lotion of decoction of needles or cones. 100 grams of needles pour a glass of boiling water and let it brew. Wetted in this broth tampon to attach for a while to the sick arm. Significantly facilitates the state of the procedure of grinding with the use of prepared on special recipes ointments.
Means for ingestion
A lot of positive reviews have chestnut tincture, which is used for internal use. Flowers of this plant should be insisted on vodka (one handful of flowers for 500 ml of vodka) for two weeks in a dark place, then strain and drink 30 drops 4 times a day.
A good effect, according to patients, with prolonged use (at least a year) gives an infusion of oats. A glass of grains pour a liter of water and infuse for 10 hours. After this, boil, allow to settle, add water to the original volume and take 100 ml 3 times a day for 1.5 months. Then the month break, and the course is repeated.
When Dupuytren's contracture has an initial stage, treatment without surgery should be accompanied by a change in the diet. It is necessary to exclude dairy products, flour products, sweet and increase the consumption of seafood, white cabbage, carrots, horse radish, radishes and onions.
Recipes of grits
Numerous reviews of patients with contracture, used to treat rubbing, include recommendations for their preparation. In folk medicine there is a fairly large amount of funds that are easy to prepare at home.
- 250 ml kerosene, as much vegetable oil and 7-10 pods of hot pepper, passed through a meat grinder, mix and insist for 9 days. After filter and rub the resulting mixture stroking movements in sore spots.
- 300 g of crushed chestnut fruit, insist on vodka (500 ml) for 2 weeks, then strain and lubricate the hands before going to bed.
- 500 g of horse-finely chopped chestnut pour into a bottle of dark glass, pour water and infuse for 14 days. The received infusion to rub in a sore spot before a dream.
Effective exposure to medicinal ointment, prepared from oil and beeswax, was experienced by many patients practicing the diagnosis of "Dupuytren's contracture" treatment of folk remedies. Their testimonials testify that this ointment splendidly removes inflammation and itching, softens the skin and smoothes the scars on the damaged area.
For cooking boil 250 g of butter and 100 g of beeswax, then add 100 g of pine resin (as a powder) and boil for another 10 minutes, pour 30 g of celandine powder, boil for 5 minutes, pour 0.5 liters of herb oil, bring to boil and filter. The resulting ointment is placed in jars under the lids and used for rubbing.
Regardless of which ointment is used for rubbing, be sure to wrap up the patient's hand with a warm handkerchief or rug after the procedure.
Prevention of disease
Any disease is easier to prevent than treat. And Dupuytren's contracture is no exception. For the purpose of prevention should be used when working with metal softening hand cream and mittens of dense tissue, since any appearance of cracks in the skin can contribute to the onset of the disease. If the work requires the hands to hold for a long time in a bent position, then every 5 hours, you should conduct a 5-minute warm-up, bending and flexing your fingers.
Therapy will be difficult if diagnosed with Dupuytren's contracture. Treatment without surgery usually only helps to stop the disease, but even surgical intervention does not always get rid of it. Therefore, it is worth paying great attention to prevention, especially this applies to people who have a hereditary predisposition.
In no case should one engage in self-medication. On the issue of using any folk remedies, you must always consult a doctor. He will determine the stage of the disease and give recommendations on how to treat Dupuytren's contracture at home.