Musicians and Dupuytren’s Contracture
Every serious musician knows that a successful and hard-won musical career can he halted by Dupuytren’s contracture. A disproportionate percent of musicians (professional or serious leisure) develop Dupuytren’s contracture compared to the general population. There is a good reason for this.
In November 2017 the Dupuytren Foundation conducted a survey evaluating the impact of Dupuytren’s contracture on playing a musical instrument, to which nearly 200 musicians responded. Among the various survey results it was shown that:
- People reported Dupuytren-related problems playing every musical instrument listed in the survey
- A majority of musicians reported difficulty playing their instrument regardless of the presence of
one or more fingers being bent or not,
- People without treatment (no surgery, no Xiaflex) had fewer problems playing a musical
instrument than those who had been treated (had surgery or Xiaflex), whether or not they
currently had bent fingers from Dupuytren.
I enjoy working with musicians. In the late 1990s I worked with students and many faculty of the Department of Music at the University of Illinois to assist those with painful musculoskeletal conditions that adversely affected their ability to play. Based on this general experience with musicians, and my interest for the last 14 years specifically with DC, I developed a special protocol “Musicians and Dupuytren’s contracture” that will soon be put on DVD. In this video program I discuss how and why so many serious musicians develop Dupuytren’s contracture, how to slow and even reverse its progression, eliminate its cause, and perhaps save a career.
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