A 43-year-old female asked:
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a chiropractor said my head pulling to left was cervical dystonia. went to my doctor and she said too mild for that. she said muscles on right in neck spasming. she said see physio. who is right?

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Dr. Caroline Capitano
25 years experience Pain Management
Both: The definition of cervical dystonia is increased muscle tone on one side. Most dystonias are quite severe, but you can have a mild case. A PT or PM&R physician can help with treatment. It is a benign condition
Answered on Jul 10, 2014
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Dr. Thomas Horn
36 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Physical Therapy...: They are both describing the same condition but with different ideas regarding etiology. Either way, the appropriate treatment is muscle stretching and an ongoing stretching program at home. Forceful manipulation does not usually help with spasming of the muscles. Physical therapy recommended over adjustments with chiropractic treatment.
Answered on Jul 12, 2014
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