Dupuytren’s Contracture

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    Uli
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    I am a mid-twenties climber plagued by Dupuytren’s Contracture. I was wondering if anyone here has found some tactics for managing the acute, climbing-induced pain from this condition; I also wonder whether any stretches, massage, taping, etc. can help beat back the progression or symptoms of the disease.

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    Pete Dickinson MS,PT on #49264

    Uli,
    If you are at an early stage in this condition, you might try the enzyme or steroid injections. My patients have had good results with this. A hand specialist is always recommended for this.
    Cheers,
    Pete

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    Connie-S on #52355

    Dupuytren’s Contracture can be treated at home only so much. There comes a time where you need to talk to a professional. A surgery or steroid shot can slow the disease or help ease symptoms.
    When I had problem with my hands, Dr Eric Wroten at https://fortworthhandcenter.com/ diagnosed and treated me quickly. I highly recommend you find a doctor like him near you.

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    mike on #52386

    Does anyone have experience recovering from a the enzyme injections? The injections have been recommended (from Dr.) but he is saying 4 weeks recovery? While that would be a good time for leg work, that would have a major impact on prepping for a ww kayaking trip in June…60 yo male

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    richard.e.otte on #55299

    I had Dupuytren’s Contracture in both hands. In one hand I had surgery, which I strongly recommend avoiding. In the second hand, one hand specialist recommended the injection treatment; I didn’t like that because it wasn’t clear that the enzyme wouldn’t also make my tendons weaker, and the recovery took a while. I found another hand surgeon who did needling, which I went with, and highly recommend. Basically he used a needle to snap the growth in my hand. It was painless, and if I remember correctly, it took about 30-45 minutes, and my hand flattened out immediately. There is no lengthy recovery (I was surfing the next day). Unfortunately you can’t do needling on a hand that has already had surgery.

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