Dimples or knots in your palms, especially near
the base of your fingers.
An inability to flatten your hand, palm
down, on an even surface.
Pain in your palm or fingers.
Watchful waiting is a period of time during
which you and your doctor observe your symptoms or condition
without using medical treatment. This period may vary from a few days to weeks,
months, or years.
Dupuytren's disease usually is a slowly progressing
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The following health professionals can
diagnose Dupuytren's disease:
Family medicine physician
A hand surgeon, orthopedic surgeon, or
plastic surgeon can also diagnose and treat
Dupuytren's disease. These doctors are most often seen for severe disease, when
you cannot use your hand for everyday activities.
physical therapist or an
occupational therapist, or both, may be part of your
treatment team and can teach you how to exercise your hand to help keep your
hand and fingers flexible.
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.