What is Writer’s Cramp?
Writer’s cramp also known as focal dystonia is the involuntary contraction of the finger, hand and forearm.This makes your fingers and hands to move uncontrollably while writing.
It is a neurological movement disorder. This condition leads to involuntary contractions because your hands don’t receive correct signals from the brain.
Writer’s cramp is also known as task specific dystonia .
Some people report these symptoms right away and some in the middle of the task.
Symptoms usually appear between 30 to 50 years of age.
Writer’s cramp can be categorized into two types
Simple Writer’s Cramp
Symptoms appear only while writing and hampers your writing ability by making it difficult to hold a pen.
Dystonic Writer’s Cramp
Symptoms appear not only while writing but also while performing other activities with hands like eating, shaving, makeup, etc.
Writer’s Cramp Symptoms
Usually writer’s cramp you report symptoms only while writing and perform other activities as usual. But in case of dystonic writer’s cramp the symptoms may show up in other activities as well.
- Fingers gripping hard on pen and pencil
- Flexing of wrists
- Fingers extending during writing
- Involuntary movement of hands and fingers
Dystonic writer’s cramp may affect other body parts as well
Causes of Writer’s Cramp
The movement of muscles in your arms, and hands is regulated and controlled through signals from your brain.
Though the exact cause is not known but what experts think is that the repetitive hand movements result in remapping of certain brain areas causing this condition.
A variety of factors may trigger this condition such as poor writing posture, overuse, holding the pen improperly, etc.
Stress can aggravate the condition.
This condition can also be inherited.
Conventional Treatments for Writer’s Cramp
Conventional treatments contain medications that include certain oral medications such as anticholinergic drugs, botox injections, or surgery for generalized Dystonia.
Some others may include physical and occupational therapy, rehabilitation therapy, etc.
But these treatments provide only a temporary relief leaving behind the root cause unaddressed.
Alternatives like homeopathy will look after your unique symptoms for performing symptom similarity with its available set of remedies.
Once correct matching is performed, you begin to see a relief in your symptoms.
Writer’s cramp remedy in homeopathy involves all natural remedies and is free from any side effects.
For a suitable writer’s cramp remedy consult a qualified homeopath.
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Note: Do not self-medicate any of the remedies listed above . Consult a qualified homeopath.