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If you can’t lay your hand flat against a table, you may have Dupuytren’s contracture

The Tabletop Test is a quick test for Dupuytren’s contracture that you can do at home. Try laying your hand flat against a table—if you can’t lay your hand flat, it’s time to find a Hand Specialist. They can tell you if you have Dupuytren’s contracture and can inform you of your options, including nonsurgical treatment.

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Dupuytren’s contracture can be mistaken for other conditions

Dupuytren’s contracture is a condition that causes collagen to build up in the palm. Over time, it forms a rope-like cord that extends into a finger or fingers, pulling them inward and making you unable to straighten them.

It is a progressive condition, so these cords can get worse over time. It commonly affects adults over 40 and people with a family history of Dupuytren’s contracture. There are both surgical and nonsurgical treatment options available.

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Dupuytren’s contracture is NOT


Dupuytren’s contracture may be a lifelong condition. A contracture will not get straighter without treatment and may come back even if treated


Dupuytren’s contracture does not cause swelling in joints

Trigger Finger

Unlike trigger finger, you can’t “pop” a contracture caused by Dupuytren’s back into place

However, you could have these conditions in addition to Dupuytren’s contracture. If you think you might have Dupuytren’s contracture, talk with a Hand Specialist.

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Contractures can impact how you use your hands

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Dupuytren’s contracture is progressive

Contractures can get more severe over time (progressive) as collagen builds up. This may impact daily activities, like:

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You don’t have to wait for Dupuytren’s contracture to limit the use of your hand before looking into treatment. See a Hand Specialist as soon as you notice changes in your hand.

Don’t wait for your contracture to get worse

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There are nonsurgical treatment options

Dupuytren’s contracture is treatable without surgery. There are minimally invasive, in-office procedures available. Not all Hand Specialists offer nonsurgical treatments, so it’s important to find a Hand Specialist who understands your needs.

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You may need a second opinion

The right doctor will take your lifestyle, recovery preferences, and medical history into account when treating Dupuytren’s contracture. If you think nonsurgical treatment is right for you but your Hand Specialist doesn’t offer it, get a second opinion—there are Hand Specialists who will listen.

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