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Dupuytren's and weight lifting
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05/24/20 16:47
northernsky 
05/24/20 16:47
northernsky 
Re: Dupuytren's and weight lifting

Hi

This is my first post on this forum. Great to see there is a forum discussing this topic. Im 35 years old and was diagnosed with Dupuytren last week. My only symptom for now is one lump in each hand that feels sore and tender. Ive only had this the last month, and I've felt a small pain cycling, wight training and even griping the steering wheel and gear driving is somewhat uncomfortable, but not really painful. The last two weeks I've only done some light cardio training that don't involve my hands to see, and to be honest...Its actually feels like its gotten worse, not better.

But I find it hard to really find good information about this online. My favorite hobbies are bicycling, bouldering and wight training, so im sort of panicking reading about this Dupuytren. Im used to put a lot of stress on my hands :/

The big question for me is... Will doing pullups, and other heavy lifting that puts stress on the hands actually make the lumps grow or is it just gone give me this light pain/uncomfortable feeling ? I really don't want to do anything to make it worse or evolve faster. But I really dont want to stop lifting weights ether

There seems to be a bit controversy about stretching as well ? Most sites ive been on recommend it, but some some say it actually gonna make it worse ? Ive been wanting to do more yoga anyways, so if it helps, this might be the push I need to be more disciplined about my yoga practice.

Ive read some good tips in this thread about doing exercises that dont involve the hands much, and I'm definitely going to pick up swimming again. But for now I dont want to do anything to make it worse.

05/24/20 19:05
spanishbuddha 

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05/24/20 19:05
spanishbuddha 

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Re: Dupuytren's and weight lifting

Hi northernsky

There is lot of published evidence that trauma to the hands promotes progression on DD. You saw for example our own page on this one the website https://www.dupuytren-online.info/dupuyt...ure_trauma.html. There are others here for example https://dupuytrens.org/dupuytren-literature-injury/.

When it comes to sports there are anecdotal stories of people who do rock climbing, weightlifting, rowing etc that suggest they are more likely to incur DD. There are published studies for rock climbing for example http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles...9p00639.pdf and A lot of people do continue racquet sports and weightlifting despite DD by taking precautions to protect their hands. I personally stopped pullups, play tennis with a glove, do modest weights with a glove. Im sure you know about the wrist hooks for weights and pull ups as an option to explore. It's hard to know how your condition will progress. I'm in favour of continuing doing your hobbies where possible, but with some adjustment using the knowledge that direct trauma can make things worse.

Best wishes SB

05/26/20 11:48
northernsky 
05/26/20 11:48
northernsky 
Re: Dupuytren's and weight lifting

Hi spanishbuddha

Thank you for your answer. Ive decided to use this dupuytren as a motivation to get even more fit!!
I give up bouldering, but im gonna pick up swimming and yoga as weekly activities. And ive ordered some different Weight Lifting Hooks, straps, training gloves and other equipment to relief my hand while training in the gym. I think i can get some good workouts without even stressing my hand if im smart about it. Ive ordered gloves in different sizes so I can put on more than one when im bicycling longer distances.
Im also gonna do the Infra red sauna and altso infra red light terapy on my hands every other day and im gonna try some months with nu sugar or alcohol in my diet as well as focusing more on overall health.
This is not gonna stop me, im just gonna push even harder! :)

05/26/20 18:01
spanishbuddha 

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05/26/20 18:01
spanishbuddha 

Administrator

Re: Dupuytren's and weight lifting

northernsky:
Hi spanishbuddha

Thank you for your answer. Ive decided to use this dupuytren as a motivation to get even more fit!!
I give up bouldering, but im gonna pick up swimming and yoga as weekly activities. And ive ordered some different Weight Lifting Hooks, straps, training gloves and other equipment to relief my hand while training in the gym. I think i can get some good workouts without even stressing my hand if im smart about it. Ive ordered gloves in different sizes so I can put on more than one when im bicycling longer distances.
Im also gonna do the Infra red sauna and altso infra red light terapy on my hands every other day and im gonna try some months with nu sugar or alcohol in my diet as well as focusing more on overall health.
This is not gonna stop me, im just gonna push even harder! :)
I spend a lot of time on the bike, ergonomic grips made all the difference for me.

Edited 05/27/20 09:20

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