While you might first bring your symptoms to the attention of your family doctor, he or she might refer you to an orthopedic surgeon.
What you can do
Before your appointment, you might want to write a list that answers the following questions:
- Do you have a family history of this problem?
- What treatments have you tried? Did they help?
- What medications and supplements do you take regularly?
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor might ask some of the following questions:
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- When did your symptoms begin?
- Have they been getting worse?
- Is your hand painful?
- How does the contracture interfere with your day-to-day tasks?
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