There is not currently a cure for Dupuytren’s contracture, but the condition is highly manageable. In fact, for some patients, the disease never progresses beyond visible lumps and never results in physical contracture or deformity.
Conservative treatments that can be effective in slowing the progress of the condition and lessening its severity include:
- Corticosteroid injections
- Gentle range of motion exercises
- Sprinting and bracing of the hand
It is important to exercise caution when performing any stretches or exercises in the hand as it has the potential for injuring the fingers. Like many conditions, practicing a healthy lifestyle can help to reduce inflammation and pain while improving circulation and overall function. Patients should always eat healthy, anti-inflammatory foods, get regular exercise and practice good sleep hygiene.