Talking To Your Doctor
A hand surgeon is the specialist that patients often see for treatment of Dupuytren's disease; however, your internal medicine doctor or family practitioner can also diagnose the condition and offer you treatment options. Your doctor will ask you a series of questions and it is important that you answer them with as many specifics as possible. This will help your doctor to make the correct diagnosis and provide you the best treatment options.
What To Expect At Your Appointment
Your doctor may take a medical history and perform a physical exam. The physical exam typically consists of the doctor feeling the hand to determine the size and location of the nodule or cord. Your doctor may also perform what is known as the "table top test" to determine if you can place your hand, palm and fingers flat on a table. This test will help the doctor to determine how severe your condition is. Some treatments such as injections are performed in the office and may be done at your appointment.
Preparing For Your Appointment
Now that you have made your appointment with the doctor, you want to make sure that you get the most from your visit. Your doctor will likely ask you questions about your health history such as if you have diabetes, if you use tobacco, if you have any history of fibrotic tissue disorders, or if you have any lumps on the bottom of your feet or in the penis. Your doctor may also ask questions about how the condition is affecting your daily activities such as wearing gloves or shaking hands. Try to be as detailed as possible in your answers. The more detailed answers you can give your doctor, the better they will be able to accurately diagnose your condition and recommend the best treatments to fit your specific case.
Not only is it important to answer all of your doctor's questions, but it is equally important that you discuss all of your concerns and questions with the doctor. You may want to write down your questions in advance so you don't forget them. Click here to visit the Helpful Tools section of our website where you can download tools that you can use during your visit.