Dupuytren’s disease causes an abnormal thickening of the tissues located underneath the skin in the palm of the hand. As the tissue thickens it can form lumps and strong cords. The abnormal growth causes the fingers to bend in towards the palm of the hand. Severe symptoms can cause contractures and loss of hand function. Dupuytren’s disease generally progresses slowly, but progression is unpredictable.
Following surgery, you will participate in rehabilitation with a hand therapist. You will receive therapy treatments to aid wound healing, reduce swelling and ease pain. You will be instructed in strengthening and stretching exercises. You will perform hand coordination exercises and work towards improving your hand grip and finger pinching skills. Your hand therapist will provide you with a splint to position your hand and promote healing.
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