Panthers legend Greg Alexander reveals he’s affected by uncommon ‘Vikings illness’ – and one of the best ways to combat it’s via surgical procedure that has left him with HAIRY PALMS
- Penrith favorite son has Dupuytren’s contracture, aka ‘Vikings illness’
- Situation makes tissue on the hand tighten, bending fingers in in direction of palm
- Finest therapy is surgical procedure to chop out tissue and pores and skin graft with hair follicles in it
Legendary Penrith, NSW and Kangaroos half Greg Alexander is affected by a situation that may make it exhausting to straighten his fingers – and the perfect therapy is grafting pores and skin with hair follicles in it onto the affected space.
The present Fox Sports activities NRL commentator informed the Sydney Morning Herald that he’s battling Dupuytren’s contracture, often known as ‘Vikings illness’ as a result of it typically strikes folks of northern European descent.
The situation sees tissue beneath the pores and skin of the hand harden, thicken and tighten, making the fingers curl again in direction of the palm and grow to be troublesome to straighten.
Alexander (proper, with fellow Panthers legend Mark Geyer, left, in 2021) now has to pluck hairs out of his palm after therapy for a hand situation generally known as Vikings illness
‘I’ve had it now on each palms,’ Alexander defined.
‘What they should do is open you up after which it’s virtually like a calcification the place they’ve to chop all of it out.’
The surgical procedure then includes grafting pores and skin over the affected space. In Alexander’s case, the pores and skin was taken from his underarm.
The situation can bend the fingers again in direction of the palm and make them exhausting to straighten – leaving Alexander (pictured taking part in for Penrith in 1992) in want of surgical procedure and pores and skin grafts
‘If it’s pores and skin with hair follicles on it, that implies that the Vikings illness can’t come again … so from time to time I’ve to pluck a hair out of my hand.
‘I really feel slightly bit ape-like, however that’s precisely how they stopped it coming again.’
Alexander, identified by the nickname ‘Brandy’, starred for Penrith from 1984-94 and 1997-99, and had a stint with the Auckland Warriors in 1995-96.
Identified primarily as an exceptionally gifted halfback and five-eighth, he additionally switched to fullback and the wing throughout a stellar profession that noticed him play six State of Origin matches for NSW and 6 video games for the Kangaroos.
Alexander captained Penrith to their first grand remaining victory in 1991, together with his excellent kicking for purpose and normally play serving to the Panthers to a 19-12 win over the Canberra Raiders.
He now works as an NRL commentator for Fox Sports activities, and was awarded the Australian Sports activities Medal in 2000, adopted by induction into the Panthers corridor of fame in 2016.