Dupuytren’s disease

Treatments for Dupuytren’s disease

Are you unable to place your palm flat on the table and feel a thick lump on your hand? You may have Dupuytren’s disease. 

What are the signs and symptoms?

You will first feel a lump or thickened tissue on your palm. The thickened tissue will look like a thick cord overtime. As the skin in the palm tightens overtime, the fingers will start to bend. It is unlikely you will experience any pain, but you will find it difficult to put hands in your pockets or straighten your fingers. 

What are the treatment options for Dupuytren’s disease?

Treatment depends on how severe the disease or contracture is. It may involve an injection and manipulation to straighten the fingers. If the contracture is bad, a Hand Surgeon will perform an operation to remove the nodule and thick tissue. 

How can a Hand Therapist help?

You will have to see a Hand Therapist after surgery for Dupuytren’s disease. Treatment will include:

  • Fabricating a custom-made thermoplastic splint if requested by your Hand Surgeon

  • Cleaning your wound and applying dressings

  • Exercises to improve finger movement and strength

  • Swelling control

  • Scar management 

Do I need to see a Doctor?

Usually your Doctor will diaganose Durpuytren's and refer to see a Hand Surgeon or Hand Therapist about this condition. Our therapisits at The Hand Physio Clinic will work closely with Hand Surgeon and your GP to let you know if they think you need to see one for a surgical opinion. 

If you have Dupuytren’s disease and would like to see our Hand Physiotherapists, get in touch with our physio clinics located across Sydney. We have locations conveniently at Concord, Lidcombe, Marrickville or Chester Hill.

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What is Dupuytren’s disease?

Dupuyten’s disease, also known as Dupuytren’s contracture, is a genetic condition of the hand. The layer of tissue beneath the skin tightens, causing the finger to bend towards the palm. Overtime this may worsen, making it difficult to put your palm flat on the table and straighten your fingers. It most commonly occurs on the right and little fingers.