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    Occupational Therapist

    Hand Therapy 131
    Understanding Dupuytren's Disease: Treatment Options and More


    • Discuss the history DD and how this condition got its name
    • List 5 common risk factors for developing DD
    • Describe the epidemiology of DD
    • Describe 2 common signs and symptoms of DD including which digits are most commonly involved and which digits are generally spared
    • Examine and describe the normal anatomy and the significance of the palmar aponeurosis
    • Describe the pathogenesis of DD including defining and differentiating between the 3 stage of the disease: proliferative, involutional, residual
    • Outline common steps involved in making a diagnosis of DD
    • List and describe 3 conservative treatment interventions including the advantages of each
    • Describe the role of hand therapy in the treatment of DD
    • List 5 possible complications following surgery

    Joanne Brown, MS, OT, CHT

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