Treatment for Dupuytren's Disease
The treatment of Dupuytren's disease depends on the severity of the condition and its impact on hand function. Common approaches include:
Consult with an expert: An Accredited Hand Therapist is a physiotherapist or occupational therapist with expertise in the finger, hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder.
Monitoring: In mild cases where contractures do not interfere significantly with hand function, close monitoring may be recommended.
Needle fasciotomy: This minimally invasive procedure involves inserting a needle into the affected tissue to release the contracture.
Collagenase injection: A collagenase enzyme injection can soften the thickened tissue, making it easier to manipulate and straighten the finger.
Surgery: The most common treatment involves removing the affected tissue through surgery. Early intervention often leads to a more successful outcome.
Living with Dupuytren's Disease
Living with Dupuytren's disease may require some adjustments in daily life, especially if finger contractures develop. Here are some tips for individuals with Dupuytren's disease:
Rehabilitation exercises: Engage in regular hand exercises recommended by an Accredited Hand Therapist to maintain hand mobility.
Adaptive tools: Consider using adaptive tools and devices designed to aid in daily tasks like dressing, cooking, and grooming.
Seek support: Connect with support groups or organisations dedicated to Dupuytren's disease to learn from others' experiences and share insights.
Regular follow-ups: Maintain regular follow-up appointments with an Accredited Hand Therapist to monitor the condition's progression and discuss treatment options if needed.
Find a local Accredited Hand Therapist
Patients can find a local Accredited Hand Therapist on our website using the link below.