The Dreaded Dupuytren's Disease

The Dreaded Dupuytren’s Disease

Also known as Dupuytren’s Contracture, the ‘Dreaded Dupuytren’s Disease’ is characterised by the thickening and shortening of tissue in the palm. This in turn can result in the affected fingers being pulled into a bent position, limiting function and movement.


This condition can be diagnosed from physical examination and the presentation of symptoms including decreased range of movement in your fingers affecting your daily activities and painful nodules that can be felt in the hand and/or fingers.

Dupuytren’s Disease usually progresses over the years and is commonly seen in 50-70 year old males. The cause remains unknown, however some risk factors include:

  • Scandanavian and Celtic ancestry
  • Alcohol
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes


Signs and symptoms of Dupuytren’s Contracture may include:

  • A lump or nodule on the palm
  • Puckered or dimpled skin
  • A thickened cord running along the palm to the fingers
  • Fingers become clawed as they are pulled towards the palm


The Dreaded Dupuytren's Disease

Unfortunately there are no preventative measures to stop the progression of this disease. For most people surgery is the only option, and is often recommended if you are no longer able to comfortably place your hand flat on the table.

Where Hand Therapy comes into play…

Hand therapy is very important post surgery for splinting, wound management, regaining movement and scar management.

In hand therapy we aim to:


hand scar after dreaded dupuytren's disease surgery

You may need to wear a splint to help protect your hand during recovery after surgery.


By Romy Crellin


So, if you are unsure as to whether you have the Dupuytren’s Disease or you’ve recently had an operation and require hand therapy rehabilitation, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’d love to help you.



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