Dupuytren's contracture & how hand therapy can help
Hand Therapy helps to maximise the gains achieved following surgical or injection management of Dupuytren's disease.
Dupuytren's disease or Dupuytren's contracture is a condition where the fascia (tough tissue under the skin on the palm of the hand), develops small lumps (nodules) and puckering under the skin, followed by tough cords which commonly extend into the fingers.
People often notice that their finger won't straighten out when they put it palm down on the table. And it can become difficult getting it into and out of their pocket, or holding comfortably onto the golf club.
Hand Therapy is very beneficial for Dupuytren's following surgical intervention. In SA most surgeons opt for either a surgical removal of the diseased and contracted tissues (fasciectomy), or injection of an enzyme into the contracture, followed by a manipulation of the finger under local anesthetic.
At Adelaide & Hills Hand Therapy we like to see people early following their operation or manipulation to help manage & achieve; - post operative swelling - scar tissue formation - bending and straightening of the fingers - safe and comfortable return to valued activities (such as golf!)