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Open Access Commentary

Neurologist practice patterns in treatment of muscle cramps in Canada

Mary Jane Lim Fat2, Seint Kokokyi1 and Hans Dieter Katzberg12*

Author Affiliations

1 Toronto General Hospital / University Health Network, 200 Elizabeth Street, Toronto, ON, M5G 2C4, Canada

2 University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine, 1 King’s College Circle, Toronto, ON, M5S 1A8, Canada

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Journal of Foot and Ankle Research 2013, 6:2  doi:10.1186/1757-1146-6-2

Published: 9 January 2013

Abstract

Recently an article provided patient perspectives on therapies and perceived effectiveness in preventing muscle cramps. However, there are few studies evaluating physicians’ point of view in the management of this common symptom. In our study, we studied physician practice patterns in the treatment of muscle cramps by surveying a group of neurologists in Canada. We demonstrated that most physicians use a combination of pharmacological and non-pharmacological methods in treating muscle cramps. The most commonly used medications are baclofen, quinine and gabapentin, of which baclofen and quinine were reported to be the most tolerated.

Keywords:
Muscle cramps; Baclofen; Quinine; Practice parameters