by Dr. Ed Berry, Ph.D., Physics
If you or someone you know has Dupuytren’s contracture, you will want to read what I am about to tell you.
Dupuytren’s Contracture, which we will call DC, can really affect your life. DC causes your fingers to curl very slowly over many years. If you don’t find a way to stop it, DC will completely curl your fingers and make it impossible for you to do simple things with your hands.
For example, if your fingers curl too much, you can’t put your hands flat against a wall, on a table, or on the floor. You can’t easily reach into your pocket and pull out your car keys. You can’t type very well or fast. You can’t even shoot your gun. Try holding your fingers curled and see what you cannot do.
DC also produces pads on your hands typically at the base of your fingers. They hurt. I found my hands would hurt if I drove for a few hours, just from holding my hands on the steering wheel.
In short, if you can reverse the effects of DC, it is worth it to your life. Also, the sooner you reverse it the better will be your recovery.
Unfortunately, many people with DC have no idea what it is. Like me, I thought for several years that it was just old age.
Worse, some people go to an orthopedic surgeon who may suggest a very severe, several hour long operation, performed under general anesthesia. It is called _____ This operation can leave your immobile for months and require post operative recovery assistance.
I will tell you about the best way to heal your hands. It’s called NA. Only a very few doctors are trained to perform NA.
I had NA done to me in 2006 and again in 2013. The NA procedure took about 15 minutes per hand. No anesthesia was necessary. OK, it hurt a bit … but I did not mind the hurt because it did not last very long.
You can watch my whole procedure in the movies I took. You will see me tense up when the doctor inserts a needle in sensitive places on my hands. This did not happen too often. The actual straightening procedure is painless.
It is amazing to watch the doctor pull your fingers straight after he has cut the cords that were pulling your fingers toward a closed fist position. You feel only the vibration of the cords breaking as your finger straightens. And what a relief it is to have straight fingers again only minutes after the NA operation began.
I could use my bandaged hands the same day. 24 hours later, I removed the protective bandages … well, they kind of fell off, and I could carefully use my hands right away.
the simple procedures needed but you will have no problem after the simple surgery. I know because I had it done to me and I am going to tell you how you can do what I did.
DC is little known to the general public but several famous people have had it. No one even knew what it was until Dupuytren identified the problem for the medical field in xxxx.
It’s not contagous. It’s genetic. It occurs predominantly among those with northern European genetics. It is called the Viking’s disease.
DC also occurs predominantly as we get older. I first noticed it at about age 65. I did not know what it was until I researched it in about 2005.
Long ago, when no one lived very long, it was never a problem. As they say, when a Viking was my age, he had been dead for 30 years.
In 2006, my hand looked like this:
A simple 30-minute operation called NA that used no anesthesia completely straightened my fingers. I hands were a little sore for a day and I removed the protective bandages after about 24 hours.
There is no known permanent cure to Dupuytren’s Contracture. However, there is another simple, painless procedure that may delay reoccurrance for a very long time. I did had these combined procedures performed on my hands in October 2013.
So, 6 years later, by 2013, my hands again looked like this:
This time, my doctor told me about an additional procedure that might delay the reoccurance of my contracture. I did it. Time will tell.
Here are my hands on November 18, 2013. The picture would have been the same if I took this on October 18, 2013. In other words, my hands again healed very fast.
After my second NA, I started another procedure that was simple and of no pain. This is what may prevent of delay the reoccurrance.