Dupuytren’s disease is unpredictable. People with early disease may never require active treatment. And in other patients, the disease can begin as a very mild condition and then progress gradually or more rapidly to become more severe and to affect hand function. If you have mild disease and no treatment is recommended at this time, it’s worthwhile to visit your hand surgeon periodically to reevaluate the condition. If you feel it’s progressing, the condition may progress very gradually, and you may not be aware that you’re developing a contracture that may benefit from treatment at some point in time. Therefore periodic follow-up every six months or every year is usually recommended for people who have the condition, but in whom treatment is not yet recommended.