Could weightlifting have triggered my Dupuytren’s contracture?

I am a 64 year old female of German and Scandinavian descent. i have not yet been to a doctor, but I am sure I have the beginning stage of Dupuytren in both hands.

It seemed to come on when I started working out with weights. Could that have triggered the condition and should I discontinue using weights that involve my hands.

I plan to order your products. Are there dietary restrictions?


You are in the right age group and the right ancestral background for Dupuytren’s contracture.  With that as a background, it is certainly possible that the hand stress involved with weightlifting initiated your current hand problem.  As such I encourage you to switch to some other type of exercise that is less demanding to the palms of the hands.

I suggest that you get your hand problem evaluated by a knowledgeable and experienced hand specialist or orthopedist to be sure of what you are dealing with.  Once you have done that you can feel free to undergo a program of care to see if you can reduce or eliminate whatever degree of palm lumps or nodules you might have at this early phase of your problem.

There are no particular dietary restrictions I have seen that make a unique difference in Dupuytren’s contracture.

Let me know if I can help you in any particular way.  TRH

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  2. Dr.Herazy says:

    Greetings Ayur,

    Hand trauma can precipitate Dupuytren’s contracture, especially if it is repetitive. Over these many years of my work with Dupuytren’s contracture I have encountered many men who seem to link their DC with the hand abuse that is part of lifting weights. To say it another way: I do not get questions about baseball catchers and DC, or gymnasts and DC, shot putters or big game fishers and DC, or other sports in which there is a lot of localized hand trauma – just weight lifting. Interesting. I do not have a clear and solid answer for you, but I can honestly say that this comes up so often that I would not doubt there is some connection. If you are like a lot of dedicated lifters who will not stop this sport in spite of it possibly causing their palm lumps, I suggest you at least pad around the area of the palm so that the least amount of direct pressure is applied while lifting. Good luck to you and your Dupuytren’s contracture. TRH

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