Dupuytren’s Contraction # 1


A Dupuytren’s Contraction is an inherited DNA deficiency. If left alone, they can cause some or all fingers on a hand to contract into a claw-like deformity. One or both hands can be affected, as can one or more fingers.


Definition, By Mayo Clinic staff


Dupuytren’s contracture is an uncommon hand deformity in which the connective tissue under the skin of your palm contracts and toughens over time.

Knots of tissue form under the skin, eventually forming a thick cord that can pull one or more of your fingers into a bent position. Once this occurs, the fingers affected by Dupuytren’s contracture bend normally but they can’t be straightened completely, making it difficult to use your hand. Dupuytren’s contracture can complicate everyday activities such as placing your hands in your pockets, putting on gloves or shaking hands.

Dupuytren’s contracture is rarely painful, though sometimes the bumps of tissue on your palm can be sensitive to touch. Various treatments are available for Dupuytren’s contracture to slow its progression and relieve your symptoms.


Several years ago, I had a Dupuytren’s Contraction removed the little finger on my right hand.

The surgery removed the Contraction, but left the finger slightly deformed. It is fully functional as far as bending goes; but it does not completely straighten out.

A coupled of years ago, I started to develop another Contraction on the the palm of my left hand, close to the base of my middle finger. It grew slowly, getting to be about the size of a quarter around , and as deep in the middle as four quarters piled up, slowing getting thinner toward its edges. I could not press the palm of my left hand flat on a table or flat surface. My doctor said the procedure would be to wait until it grew big enough to start contracting the middle finger and then surgically removing the growth.

In 2009, I was in Texas over Christmas and New Years. I was in a WalMart and happened to see a wrist support with a hole for the thumb and index finger, and an open area for the remaining three fingers. It occurred to me that I could use the glove to hold a Grey Stone in the palm of my hand, against the Dupuytren’s Contraction.

I bought a set of gloves, and started to use one with a Grey Stone for four hours a day. I slowly increased the time I was wearing the glove and Stone. Since late January 2010, I wear them close to 24 hours a day.  I wash the glove every day, or at least every other day.

The Dupuytren’s Contraction is now a small fraction of what it was. It is about half the size of a dime across, and less than half a dime thick. This reduction has taken about eight or nine weeks of wearing the glove and Stone full time! I love it. I will keep wearing the glove and Stone, and see if the contraction goes away altogether.

If the Grey Stone works on a Dupuytren’s Contraction, it may well work on other growths, like warts. I don’t get warts; but if I did, I would try a Grey Stone on it.