What is Writer’s Cramp?
Writer’s cramp is a condition that involves chronic sustained pain or sudden painful contraction of some muscles of the hand or fingers.
The patient experiences this disease generally feels uncontrolled, irritating or tedious muscular contraction that leads to changed movements and abnormal position or attitudes of hands and fingers.
Writer’s cramp mostly affects one body part and people between the ages of 30 to 50 years generally get affected with this disease. However, it can affect any age group; both genders equally.
What Causes Writer’s Cramp?
Though the exact reason behind Writer’s cramp is not clear yet but it is normally believed to due to excessive muscular or motor activity, might be complicated by a flawed writing technique.
Moreover, there is a possibility that in some cases, this disease might be aggregated by some certain chemical exposure.
Furthermore, Writer’s cramp might not occur with any family history. But in some reported cases hereditary tendency had play a key role.
What are the Signs and Symptoms of Writer’s Cramp?
The major symptoms of Writer’s cramp include occurrence of pain and feeling uneasiness while using the hand or fingers for quite a long time. Apart from it, patients experienced difficulty in using the hands, for writing, typing or for any other professional purposes along with a severe pain. A similar situation can also be observed in some professionals like musicians playing some instruments, or might be in case of golfers.
Moreover, the handwriting becomes changed, even some times unreadable as well. Patients mostly face many difficulties because of the change in their signatures.
Some of the most common symptoms include:
• excessive abnormal or faulty movement of the wrist or elbow
• excessive gripping of a pen or utensil
• flexing of the wrist
• elevation of the elbow
• occasional extension of a finger or fingers
How do Doctors Diagnose Writer’s Cramp?
Diagnosis of writer’s cramp can be made by doctors depending on the information given by the individual and the physical and neurological examination. However, there is not any specific test to validate the diagnosis of this condition.
The hands can get affected due to various conditions. Tendon problems, Arthritis, and muscle cramps can all result in causing pain in the hands. Carpal tunnel syndrome is mainly due to nerve compression.
Writer’s cramp is mostly mistaken for over-use conditions. Repeated-use syndromes or over-use syndromes are generally characterized by pain, while writer’s cramp is mainly responsible to cause problems with coordination. Focal hand dystonia can be held responsible for just around 5% of all conditions affecting the hand.
How is the Writer’s Cramp Treated?
The exact treatment strategy for writer’s cramp vary from case to case as there no single treatment strategy is appropriate for every case. The most effective method is adapting tasks to avoid triggering the dystonic movements. This might include occupational therapy or using assistive/adapted devices.
There is large number of oral drugs that have been considered helpful for people with writer’s cramp, but none of them seems to be equally effective. Around 5% of people’s symptoms improved with the help of anticholinergic drugs, such as Cogentin (benztropine) and Artane (trihexyphenidyl).
Botulinum neurotoxin injections can also prove helpful, particularly in treating those writer’s cramp cases, where there is a major deviation of the finger joints or wrist. Though this treatment is not quite effective for all people, but considerable improvement in writing and reduction of pain has been observed in majority of people treated this way.
Homeopathic Treatment for Writer’s Cramp
Homeopathic treatment is proven quite effective for Writer’s cramp especially if this condition is treated in its early stages; as the chances of complications become less.
Homeopathic medicines for writer’s cramp work as muscle relaxants and pain relievers. Homeopathy treatment aims at reducing sudden painful contraction (spasms) and to reinstate the disturbed functions of the body parts.
Some of the Most Commonly used Homeopathic Medicines for Writer’s Cramp:
Gelsemiu: Gelsemium is one of the most effective natural Homeopathic medicines for treatment of Writer’s Cramp that is accompanied by a significant weakness of hand. It works best when the cramps appear in the hand, fingers or forearm while writing.
Magnesium Phos: This is an ideal natural Homeopathic remedy for Writer’s Cramp when pain occurs along with contracted muscles in the hand. In such cases, the pain can have a stitching, shooting or cutting nature.
Silicea: Silicea is one of the best homeopathic medicines for treating Writer’s Cramp when coldness or sweating of hands is dominantly present together with muscle contraction.
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But reader is advised very strongly to use the medicines only under medical supervision and these medicines should never ever consumed without proper consultation with your doctor or GP.
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