With the acceptance of the IIAC recommendation the next steps will be the prescription so what is the likely qualification?
According to the IIAC document click here
• You have worked for ten or more years in aggregate which involves use of hand-held powered tools whose internal parts vibrate so as to transmit vibration to the hand for at least two hours per day on three or more days per week.
• The disease should be at the stage that involves fixed flexion deformity (contracture) of one or more of the digits (fingers).
The NUM have raised this issue many times and the Durham Miners have been at the forefront of the campaign to have this recommendation accepted. NUM Secretary Chris Kitchen said that he hoped that the government would ensure that all the paperwork is completed as soon as possible to enable claims for Industrial Injuries Disablement benefit to be made. Chris went on to say that this is another example of the good work done by the NUM and the NUM Area’s and despite the last pit closing in Durham in the 1990’s the work done yet again demonstrates the relevance of the union in 2018.
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In simple terms, ‘contracture’ is ‘bending of the finger’.
Many people who have nodules or cords may never develop a contracture, but some will.
In those patients after some time, usually months or years the cords may start to cause a contracture.
After a while (normally months to years) the affected finger(s) may not straighten completely anymore (it becomes impossible to lay the hand flat on a table), and in the worst affected cases the finger(s) start to bend into the palm of the hand
How Dupuytren’s is diagnosed
In most cases an experienced doctor (GP or hand surgeon) does not need any extra tests to diagnose Dupuytren’s disease. The main things the doctor will do are:
• Ask a detailed history, when did you first notice this, did any injury happen that set it off, does anybody in your family have something similar.
• The doctor will look at your hands and examine them by palpation, feeling in your palm and fingers for any lumps or cords present.
• The doctor will ask about or check for problems elsewhere, mainly feet and shoulders and for men the penis.
• A table top test may be done to see if contracture is present, which mean you need to put your hand palm down on a table and see if the hand can lay flat.