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Writer’s Cramp

What is Writer’s Cramp?

Writer's cramp is a form of dystonia which makes the hands move into abnormal postures when performing certain tasks. Sometimes the cramp happens right away, for other people it may not happen until the middle of the task. Occasionally the rest of the arm and shoulder may be involved as well.

Who gets Writer’s Cramp?

Anyone can get writer's cramp. Symptoms usually start to appear between the ages of 30 and 50.

How is Writer’s Cramp diagnosed?

After taking the patient's history, a physician may perform a physical and neurological examination, as well as an EMG.

How is Writer’s Cramp treated?

Treatment usually attempts to lessen the symptoms of the dystonia. Medication can be given for the pain and spasms. Botulinum toxin can be injected into the affected muscles to prevent the cramping and spasms. Surgery is rare.

More information on Writer’s Cramp

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