Home treatment for
Dupuytren's disease focuses on keeping or restoring
hand mobility. You may be able to keep your hand function with regular
stretching of the involved fingers. Try twice-daily sessions of massaging the
hand and then gently stretching the fingers back to relieve tightness and help
keep your fingers flexible.
If surgery becomes necessary, home
rehabilitation after the procedure may help prevent
complications and recurrences of the disease. Try elevating the hand and arm to prevent swelling, wearing a splint as your doctor recommends to
prevent recurrence of
contracture, and exercising to keep or regain hand
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After surgery, you can
help your scar heal successfully, as guided by your doctor. Scar
management may include therapeutic hand massages by a rehabilitation
specialist; massaging your hand at home, usually 2 to 3 times a day, following
your hand therapist's instructions; and using a splint that keeps pressure
against your palm and fingers.