Home treatment for
Dupuytren's disease focuses on keeping or restoring
hand mobility. You may be able to keep your hand function with regular
stretching of the involved fingers. Try twice-daily sessions of massaging the
hand and then gently stretching the fingers back to relieve tightness and help
keep your fingers flexible.
If surgery becomes necessary, home
rehabilitation after the procedure may help prevent
complications and recurrences of the disease. Try elevating the hand and arm to prevent swelling, wearing a splint as your doctor recommends to
prevent recurrence of
contracture, and exercising to keep or regain hand
Scleroderma is often hard to diagnose, since it may look like many other diseases. Your doctor will do a physical exam and take your medical history. He or she will look for changes in skin thickness and do some tests.
One test that doctors use is the nail-fold capillary test. This focuses on one of the earliest signs of scleroderma: the disappearance of tiny blood vessels in the skin of the hands and feet. Doctors also check the blood for specific signs. Your doctor may remove a small tissue sample...
After surgery, you can
help your scar heal successfully, as guided by your doctor. Scar
management may include therapeutic hand massages by a rehabilitation
specialist; massaging your hand at home, usually 2 to 3 times a day, following
your hand therapist's instructions; and using a splint that keeps pressure
against your palm and fingers.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
August 18, 2011
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