In 30/09/05 GP's "Journals Watch" I found interest in this:
Rock climbing link to Dupuytren's disease.
Br J Sports Med 2005; 39:639-44
"Hanging from a vertical face is not my idea of fun, but the researchers in this investigation may have had to in order to deliver the 1,100 questionnaires to the members of the Climbers' Club of Great Britain. Their hypothesis was to test if repetitive trauma to the palmar fascia predisposes to Dupuytren's disease. They only received a 51% response rate and almost all were male, but 19.5% had developed the disease and the age of onset was much younger than the general population. The conclusion was naturally, that it confirmed their hypoyhesis. The research was based in Wrexham, so no doubt the orthopaedic surgeons are spending their lives rearranging the hands of those who enjoy the Welsh mountain life."
Journal review by Dr Palmer - GP in Fareham, Hampshire.
Dr Palmer may make light of the research, yet I find it interesting reading.
I also gather that the disease mainly affects white men with North European ancestry - the odds are shortening for me...
I believe Bonjoy may have what appears to be the onset of said disease, illustrated below:
Does anyone else have experience of this?