Is Vikings disease the same as trigger finger?
Are Dupuytren contracture and trigger finger the same thing? The answer to that question is no. Upon first glance, these two things might seem very similar, but they are actually very different medical conditions. In fact, the only similarity is that they both affect finger flexion.
What causes Viking finger?
Dupuytren’s (du-pwe-TRANZ) contracture is a hand deformity that usually develops over years. The condition affects a layer of tissue that lies under the skin of your palm. Knots of tissue form under the skin — eventually creating a thick cord that can pull one or more fingers into a bent position.
Is Dupuytren’s contracture linked to Vikings?
For a long time Dupuytren’s disease has been termed a ‘disease of the Vikings’. Unfortunately research published in 2019 concluded that there is no genetic evidence that Dupuytren’s disease is of ‘Viking’ origin.
Can Dupuytren’s cause trigger finger?
Trigger finger can happen from repetitive use, and be influenced by diabetes, hypothyroidism, rheumatoid arthritis and is more likely to occur in women. Dupuytren’s contracture, meanwhile, usually happens in the ring and pinky fingers. (Though, again, it can happen in any finger.)
What is a Viking finger?
It is defined by Dorland as shortening, thickening, and fibrosis of the palmar fascia producing a flexion deformity of a finger. Tradition has it that the disease originated with the Vikings, who spread it throughout Northern Europe and beyond as they traveled and intermarried.
Does trigger finger happen suddenly?
The first symptoms of trigger finger tend to be pain and a slight thickening at the base of the affected finger or thumb. The characteristic snapping sensation can start suddenly, or develop gradually.
How do you fix a Viking finger?
Initial treatment is typically with steroid injections into the affected area, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. Among those who worsen, clostridial collagenase injections or surgery may be tried. While radiation therapy is used to treat this condition, the evidence for this use is scarce.
What happens if trigger finger is not treated?
In most cases, trigger finger is a nuisance rather than a serious condition. However, if it is not treated, the affected finger or thumb may become permanently stuck in a bent position or, less commonly, in a straightened position. This can make carrying out everyday tasks difficult.
How do I know if I have Viking ancestry?
Through DNA testing, it is possible to effectively trace your potential inner Viking and discover whether it forms part of your genetic makeup or not. However, it’s not 100% definitive. There’s no exact Nordic or Viking gene that is passed down through the generations.
What’s the difference between Dupuytren’s contracture and trigger finger?
Unlike a finger which is bent due to trigger finger, a finger bent by Dupuytren’s contracture is unable to straighten, even with help from the other hand. Trigger finger can be treated conservatively in mild cases, with treatment options including use of an oral anti-inflammatory medication or injection of cortisone.