We are pleased to announce another new peer reviewed publication this yr. In the Feburary 2011 Journal of American Osteopathic Association, Management of Dupuytren Contracture With Ultrasound-Guided Lidocaine Injection and Needle Aponeurotomy Coupled With Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment. Duptyren Contracture is a disabling condition where scar tissue forms on the palm causing restricted range of motion & pain. Surgery is often required but has serious complications and a high recurrence rate with significant recovery time.
Initially I learned about an experimental treatment being done at UCLA to avoid surgery. They were blindly needling the palm and injecting a local anesthetic to break up scar tissue. We took it one step further & published the first known case of ultrasound guided needling for this condition coupled with osteopathic manipulation with manual therapy. With the ultrasound we were able to visualize the irregularity & properly numb the region with little to no pain reported. We were amazed to see a full recovery without any complications. Just another example of how to be on the ‘cutting edge’ without surgery!