Adirondack Health offers new effective treatment for hereditary hand condition
CAPTION: Shane Kilroy of Saranac Lake meets with Dr. Jonathan Krant two weeks after receiving a prescribed medication to resolve Dupuytren’s Contracture, an abnormal build-up of collagen that causes a rope-like cord to form in the palm pulling one or more fingers inward.
Non-surgical treatment available for Dupuytren's Contracture
SARANAC LAKE – Dr. Jonathan Krant, a member of Adirondack Health’s Medical Staff, now offers an effective, non-surgical treatment for patients living with Dupuytren’s (Du-pui-trin’s) Contracture.
Dupuytren’s contracture results from an abnormal build-up of collagen that causes a rope-like cord to form in the palm, pulling one or more fingers inward. About 50 percent of patients with the condition are under age 65.
As a safe and effective alternative to surgery, patients can now receive a prescribed medication through an injection given at the doctor’s office. The patient will follow up with the doctor 24 hours later while the treatment breaks down the hard tissue allowing the gentle extension of the affected finger to its normal position. There has yet to be a recurrence of the condition in patients receiving the injection compared to the more costly surgical option, which can result in a 20 to 30 percent recurrence of the contracture.
“The contracture can have a significant impact on a person’s activities of daily living,” said board certified and fellowship trained Rheumatologist Dr. Krant. “This injection provides us with a safe, non-surgical therapy that resolves the condition within a couple of days allowing the person to resume normal and complete use of their hand and fingers.”
Dr. Krant is the first and only physician in the Adirondack Park providing this treatment, which is covered by most insurances.
In addition to treatment for Dupuytren’s, The Rheumatology Clinic at Adirondack Health treats patients who suffer from painful disorders affecting the joints, muscles, bones, connective tissues, and soft tissues around the joints. The care team has experience treating adolescent, adult and geriatric populations with individualized therapies to improve quality of life, increase mobility and manage pain.
To learn more about Rheumatology services at Adirondack Health, click here.