Writer’s cramp is among the most common focal dystonias. Patients with writer’s cramp have a task-specific dystonia, which occurs while writing. Patients with writer’s cramp face severe handicap and disability in their jobs or education, as they are unable to write properly. A diagnosis of writer’s cramp can be made on the basis of history and careful clinical examination.

A specimen of writing of a patient suffering from Writer’s Cramp

Writer’s cramp can be well managed by medications such as trihexiphenidyl, tetrabenazine or clonazepam. Botulinum toxin is the most effective treatment for writer’s cramp.

Published by Dr Sudhir Kumar MD (Medicine) DM (Neurology)

I am a doctor with 25 years experience. I have worked as a neurologist for about 20 years. Educating public and healthcare professionals is very dear to me. This is possible due to my interactions with thousands of patients and their caregivers. I salute the patients who suffer and it is our duty to minimise suffering by preventing diseases and ensuring prompt diagnosis and treatment of those already affected.


  1. Hi Sir, I was your patient in 2011. I was diagnosed for a cyst in brain by MRI. Before that i had many tests but no one could diagnose and i suffered with severe headache for almost 4 years. While taking medication from you i was referred by my family to Dr. Ranganadham sir a senior Neuro surgeon in Yashodha, Somajiguda. After an year i had to undergo surgery for archinoid cyst as my symptoms of imbalanceness, Right handpain , headache and mouth moving towards right side increased. I was fine since then. After my second delivery in 2014 I had CTS problem for both hands and they operated for my right hand. But i was never well sir. I always have neuro problem. I am not on any medication but i wanted some fix as my age is still 33. Can i be fit like others. I have two children and i get angry very fast, headache. Please advise what to do. I can come and meet you if you want me to come.


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