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Dr. Lim Fat has no financial or non-financial competing interests.
Miss Kokokyi has no financial or non-financial competing interests.
Dr. Katzberg has no financial or non-financial competing interests.
MJLF participated in the design of the study, and faxed surveys to neurologists. SK participated in the coordination of the study, mailed surveys to non-responders and reconciled all completed surveys. HDK participated in the design of the study, e-mailed surveys to non-responders and supervised the study. All authors performed statistical analysis, helped to draft the manuscript, read and approved the final manuscript.
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.
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- Neurologist practice patterns in treatment of muscle cramps in Canada
Mary Jane Lim Fat
Hans Dieter Katzberg
- BioMed Central