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Can Dupuytren's contracture lead to disability?

July 28, 2020 4 Comments

Effects of Dupuytren’s Contracture

Dupuytren’s contracture is a condition that impacts the fingers. It mainly affects the index, ring, and pinky fingers. 


For a lot of people, this disease will develop in both hands and can affect more than one finger. However, those who have developed Dupuytren’s Contracture in both hands may notice that it has a larger effect on one hand as compared to the other.


The tissues in the palm become thick and ‘tangled’ causing fingers to curl in an inward position. 

Can Dupuytren’s Contracture Lead to a Disability?

Dupuytren’s is a disease that cannot be fully cured. We only have a few treatment options and most are expensive.


The treatments available can only slow the progression of this disease. Without the use of proper medication, Dupuytren’s can often develop into a more aggressive form known as ‘Dupuytren’s Diathesis’.


In the more aggressive form of Dupuytren’s the disease progresses much faster and has a higher chance of recurring, despite the use of treatments including creams.


Despite its slow progression, patients affected by Dupuytren’s should seek medical help. What starts as a small pull on the fingers can slowly cause a permanent disability. 


This occurs when the fingers become severely bent towards the palm, thus leading to an ability to perform day-to-day activities. We must mention that such extreme conditions are rare but they do exist.

Disability Benefits for Those Affected by Dupuytren’s Contracture

People affected by Dupuytren’s are often unable to perform the simplest of jobs. This puts a stop to their means of earning a living. Thankfully, people affected by Dupuytren’s can actually earn disability benefits based on the severity of the condition.

Requirements for Earning Disability Benefits

If someone wishes to claim their disability benefits, there are certain rules or criteria they must meet and follow. These include:

  1. Anyone who wishes to collect their disability benefit should not earn what is called a ‘substantial amount’. Only those who earn less than $1,260 are eligible for benefits.
  2. People wanting to apply for disability benefits must be unable to perform any sort of work for at least 12 months.
  3. The next step will involve proving your inability to work because of Dupuytren’s Contracture. To do this, an RFC report will be needed. This report measures the amount of work you are able to do on a daily basis. It also assesses your medical records to take note of how severe the disability is.
  4. If you prove to be disabled, it will be labeled as a non-exertional impairment. This includes the inability to perform basic activities such as shaking hands, postural positions, etc.

The effects of this disease can be serious. Seek help before things get out of hand.

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4 Responses

Linda Parker
Linda Parker

July 31, 2020

I have had surgery twice on the same hand, just different fingers. I do daily exercises to keep those fingers straightened out. I consider both of my surgeries successful. I have developed the dupuytrens in my other hand and when it gets severe enough, I will have surgery on that hand. When I do the stretching exercises, I can actually feel the thread (for lack of a better name) pull loose.

Gloria Dailey
Gloria Dailey

July 31, 2020

I had Dupuytren’s in my left hand about 25 years ago, had surgery, and it came back a couple of years ago. I developed it in my right hand
and had surgery a couple of years ago. It’s not 100% but better than the left hand. I’m about to see a specialist for advice.

James Garrison
James Garrison

July 30, 2020

I had surgery for Dupuytren’s disease back in August 2018. what a terrible surgery.three and a half months worth of pain.now I have it in my other hand and there’s no way I’m going to do what I did the first time, so I’m baffled what I should do.

James Garrison
James Garrison

July 30, 2020

I had surgery for Dupuytren’s disease back in August 2018. what a terrible surgery.three and a half months worth of pain.now I have it in my other hand and there’s no way I’m going to do what I did the first time, so I’m baffled what I should do.

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