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By Brittany Ferri July 02, 2020

Since Dupuytren’s disease is not very commonly talked about, a lot of people are not even aware of its symptoms. For this reason, a lot of them remain unaddressed because people don't know what to look for.

Dupuytren's occurs in about 15 million people in the U.S. who areabove the age of 35. Many younger individuals have also experienced symptoms, but very few of these people have been to a doctor for them, because their symptoms have either been misdiagnosed or doctors pay no attention to them.

This is a major reason why the condition worsens and people have to opt for treatments like surgery, which can be painful and costly. The best option is to take the steps you are able to in order to prevent Dupuytren's in the very early stages.

Unfortunately, there are not as many specific preventive measures related to Dupuytren’s disease because there is a lack of research on the topic. Most preventive measures are only based on small-scale studies, so it is hard to make a definitive recommendation in this area. Yet some such practices may help slow the progression of this disease or provide symptom relief for patients, but they cannot serve as a form of treatment for Dupuytren's. 

Increased Intake of Calcium and Magnesium

Studies have revealed that Dupuytren’s disease may worsen due to a lack of magnesium and calcium in the body. A doctor tested this theory by prescribing magnesium supplements to someone in the early stages of this disease. The patient reported that some nodules disappeared and their skin loosened slightly, which gave them some relief.

However, these results are not entirely reliable, since this recommendation was only tested on one person. If you consume magnesium or calcium as a supplement to a healthy diet, be sure not to exceed the prescribed dosage.

Topical Creams

Various studies show that topical creams are one of the best methods for preventing the progression of Dupuytren's. One patient was prescribed topical creams for a case of Dupuytren’s disease. Upon applying the cream daily, this patient reported a decrease in pain. They continued to use the cream for an extended period of time and found the contracture got notably smallerHowever, creams on the market are not made alike. So we suggest that you have a look at our product that was designed specifically to treat Dupuytren's. This is non-invasive and a much better option than surgery. It costs less, isn’t risky, and can easily be applied each day.

Physical Exercise

It is always necessary to keep the body moving. As the old saying goes, "Motion is lotion and rest is rust." This applies to Dupuytren’s Disease as well. Make sure to move your hands and fingers often so that you can slow the progression of the disease. Movement helps maintain flexibility and minimize joint stiffness. Keep in mind that this may not be advised if you already have a serious case of Dupuytren's, since this can simply cause more pain. If you are unsure of the specific exercises that may help you maintain movement, consult an occupational therapist or physical therapist that specializes in the hands. They can inform you of how to best regain some motion and prevent you from exerting too much pressure on the hands.

Timely Checkups

If you fear that you may be at risk of developing Dupuytren’s disease, it's important to contact a doctor. Only a medical professional can confirm or deny the presence of this condition, and make appropriate recommendations. But you are one of the best advisors for your own health. People often know what is normal for their body and when their body may need outside help. Always look out for any changes in the movement of your fingers (even a slight loss of motion can be concerning) and the overall appearance of your palm, including bumps or nodules. It will be important to report all of this information back to your doctor so they can best assist you in the treatment process.

Brittany Ferri
Brittany Ferri

Brittany is a registered and licensed occupational therapist who has 6 years of clinical experience treating conditions such as Dupuytren's, arthritis, carpal tunnel, and more. She is passionate about educating others about their health.