writer's cramp


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writ·er's cramp

an occupational dystonia affecting chiefly the muscles of the thumb and two adjoining fingers of the writing hand, induced by excessive use of a pen or pencil.

writer's cramp

n. pl. writers' cramps
A cramp or spasm of the muscles of the fingers, hand, and forearm during writing.

writer's cramp

Conscious immobility Neurology A transient focal dystonia, often occupational neurosis of the hand and sometimes the forearm, characterized by a loss of skilled motor sequences–eg, handwriting, which may be a psychogenic conversion reaction

writ·er's cramp

(rītĕrz kramp)
Occupational dystonia affecting chiefly the muscles of the thumb and two adjoining fingers of the writing hand, induced by excessive use of a pen or pencil.

writer's cramp

A psychological disorder causing spasm of the muscles involved in holding a pen or pencil so writing becomes impossible. Other activities using the same muscles are usually unaffected. The condition is probably due to a mistaken vocation. Writers using word processors may develop a REPETITIVE STRAIN INJURY.
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Writer's cramp is a poorly understood condition that results in spasm of the hand and forearm muscles when trying to write - sufferers tend to grip the pen too tightly and try and push it through the paper making writing impossible.
Jamie Murray quipped: "I've had a few problems like that" and while brother Andy is also in danger of developing writer's cramp among his fellow athletes on Team GB, the off-court demands are not so stressful.
"Apart from increasing United's commercial operation in Asia, they haven't changed anything at the club and they have run it along the lines that it ain't broke, so don't fix it." Robson, who has been out of management since West Brom pushed the panic button last September, has used his sabbatical to update his autobiography* and will incur his first bout of writer's cramp signing copies in the Old Trafford megastore today.
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Such is the Khan commercial phenomenon that the major threat to his inexorable progress is probably writer's cramp from signing 20,000 copies of his book.
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