Beneath the skin’s surface, in the palm and fingers, is a fibrous layer of tissue called fascia. Fascia acts as an anchor and stabilizer for the skin on the palm side of the hand. When a hand and upper extremity specialist sees a patient experiencing reduced hand function because their fingers are being pulled inward towards their palm, Dupuytren’s disease is often the diagnosis. The fascia in these patients’ fingers and palms is directly affected by Dupuytren’s disease, causing the fascia to thicken and tighten over time.

While Dupuytren’s is a slow progressing condition, once it begins interfering with hand function, it is difficult to perform daily tasks and activities. There are both nonsurgical and surgical treatment options available for Dupuytren’s patients that can help slow the progression of the disease and improve motion in the affected fingers.

Hand and upper extremity specialist, Dr. James Verheyden, at The Center in Bend, Oregon has been treating patients from around the country suffering from Dupuytren’s contracture. In this prerecorded webinar, Dr. Verheyden addresses this painful condition and how his nonsurgical treatment technique using Ziaflex Collagenase injections achieve effective symptom relief. Learn more about the causes, symptoms, risk factors, and successful treatment options.

 

Dr. Verheyden has completed extensive research during his career to improve outcomes for his patients and has presented his findings regionally and nationally in New York, California, Boston, Chicago, and Las Vegas. Most recently he has focused on research for Dupuytren’s contracture; his patients have traveled from as far as Hawaii, Alaska, and Florida to seek nonsurgical Xiaflex collagenase injection solutions for this condition.

Dr. Verheyden is a fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in elbow, hand, shoulder, wrist, and trauma and fracture care. He joined The Center’s orthopedic team in 2003 and provides comprehensive treatment, including advanced surgical procedures and techniques designed to avoid surgery.