Dupuytren’s Disease is often a hereditary condition that can progress over many years, whereby the finger/s curl into a bent position and are unable to be straightened. Initially, the condition is characterised by firm lumps, nodules or cords within the palm of the hand that can worsen and progressively cause the affected finger/s to bend forwards towards the palm. These finger contractures cause significant functional limitations to the hand.
Surgical intervention is often recommended in patients with Dupuytren’s Disease when the major knuckle/s of a finger is bent at least at 30°.
Surgical interventions include:
Hand therapy after the above procedures is imperative to ensure the full use of the hand is regained. A hand therapist can help the patient achieve the best postoperative results and maintain the ‘straightness’ of the finger/s that was achieved from the surgery.
Hand therapy may include:
Dupuytren’s Disease starts with the presence of nodules or cords within the palm that can progressively contract the affected finger/s toward the palm. Our therapists at Melbourne Hand Therapy can help if you are experiencing any of these symptoms, or you are having surgery for Dupuytren’s contracture.