Dupuytren’s disease

Treatments for Dupuytren’s disease

What are the signs and symptoms?

Initially after your injury, your thumb will be swollen and bruised. You may also have pain when attempting to move your thumb. If the tear is severe, your thumb will sit in an abnormal position or feel loose when you move it sideways. 

How can a Hand Therapist help?

A Hand Physiotherapist can assess the severity of your injury and refer you to a Hand Surgeon if necessary. If it can be managed without surgery, treatment include:

  • Fabricating a custom-made thermoplastic splint for protection

  • Swelling control

  • Range of movement exercises

  • Strengthening exercises 

  • Advice on return to sport, gym and work 


If you have a Skier's thumb 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 a Skier’s thumb?

A Skier’s thumb, also known as a gamekeeper’s thumb, is when there is a tear in the thumb ulnar collateral ligament. It often occurs during sport such as skiing, football or soccer. Any extreme force to thumb in the opposite direction will cause the ligament to tear or sprain. 

It also occurs among people who sustain a fall onto an outstretched hand.