A form of focal dystonia caused by wordprocessing that affects the muscles of the hand and, sometimes, the forearm.
The term “dystonia” refers to a state of abnormal (too much or too little) muscle tone. There are many forms of dystonia. Dystonia disorders cause involuntary movements and prolonged muscle contraction, resulting in twisting body motions, tremor, and abnormal posture. These movements may involve the entire body, or only an isolated area, as in wordprocessor’s cramp.
Similar focal dystonias have also been called writer’s cramp, typist’s cramp, pianist’s cramp, musician’s cramp, and golfer’s cramp. The mechanism by which they arise is the same as in wordprocessor’s cramp — an oft-repeated repetitious movement.
- Working memory
Short-term (recent) memory. Working memory is a system for temporarily storing and managing the information required to carry out complex cognitive tasks such as learning, reasoning, and comprehension. Working memory is involved in the selection, initiation, and termination of information-processing functions such as encoding, storing, and retrieving data. One test of working memory is memory […]
- World Health Organization
The subagency of the United Nations (UN) that is concerned with international health. Abbreviated WHO. Also known as Organisation Mondiale de la Sant’ (OMS).
The essence of absinthe, an emerald-green spirit, flavored with extracts of the wormwood plant, licorice and aromatic flavorings in a alcohol base. Absinthe was manufactured, commercialized and popularized in France in the late 1700s by Henri-Louis Pernod. It became an extremely popular drink. Among the famous figures who made absinthe a symbol of decadence were […]
- WPW syndrome
The part of the hand that is nearest the forearm and consists of the carpal bones and the associated soft tissues. The eight carpal bones are arranged in two rows. One row of carpal bones joins the long bones of the forearm (the radius, and, indirectly, the ulna). Another row of carpal bones meets the […]