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Dr. Henry Sondheimer
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Torticollis (Overview)

A condition in which the neck is twisted abnormally to one side. The head is tilted in one direction, while the chin is turned to the other. Torticollis may either be inherited or may arise from neck trauma or the use of certain medications.


Dr. Henry Sondheimer
189 doctors shared insights

Torticollis (Overview)

A condition in which the neck is twisted abnormally to one side. The head is tilted in one direction, while the chin is turned to the other. Torticollis may either be inherited or may arise from neck trauma or the use of certain medications.


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What is torticollis?

What is torticollis?

See below: Spasmodic torticollis (cervical dystonia) is a neurological condition which causes involuntary muscle spasms in the neck. The causes include disorders of the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) and also the peripheral nervous system usually secondary to some type of nerve injury in the neck. The gold standard of treatment for torticollis are botulism toxin injections into the muscles. ...Read more

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How do you get torticollis?

How do you get torticollis?

Several ways: The head is tilted to one side and rotated to the opposite side. Common in newborn babies. Other causes include trauma/injury, tumor, infection, medications, arthritis, vision problems, and more. To make the diagnosis the patient may need to see a neurologist or an orthopedic surgeon. Cervical dystonia also called spastic torticollis is a neurological condition which can be treated with botox. ...Read more

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What exactly is torticollis?

Neck spasm: It occurs when a group of neck muscles develops a spasm, causing them to contract and the neck not to move in all directions. It has different causes at different ages of life. In an infant, it's usually caused by the way it was positioned in the womb, leading to spasms of the neck on one side. Rarely, it could be due to a hereditary condition, or in an adult, due to nerve damage. ...Read more

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What causes torticollis to occur?

Twist of the neck: Torticollis just means twist of the neck. At birth a baby can be born with spasm of the neck muscles that causes the neck to twist to one side. Inflammation of nodes in the neck can produce this later, and damage and contraction of the sternocleidomastoid muscle will cause the same condition. Neck injuries may result in the condition, and tumors in the neck and cervical region may produce it. ...Read more

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How to know if I have torticollis?

Torticollis: Torticollis is due to a stiff or tight neck muscles. With toricollis comes a head tilt, if you do not have a head tilt you do not have torticollis. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of torticollis?

Discomfort: Stiffness and pain in the neck with limited mobility of the neck. ...Read more

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Can massage help to improve torticollis?

Can massage help to improve torticollis?

No: Massage may help muscle pain due to the spasm of the torticollis, but it won't make the torticollis any better or worse. Torticollis happens in the brain, but massaging the brain directly is difficult and tends to be counterproductive. ...Read more

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What are the tests to detect torticollis?

What are the tests to detect torticollis?

As below: Torticollis is diagnosed by history and examination. To detect cause requires testing like x rey, mri, other blood tests, etc. ...Read more

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Does torticollis usually cause many symptoms?

Yes: Torticollis is head tilt which could be involuntary movement, muscle spasm, disc disease, or other abnormality of spinal or vertebral column----so symptoms could be pain, numness, even weakness--need in depth evaluation. ...Read more

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What are the complications involved in torticollis?

What are the complications involved in torticollis?

Pain plus: In addition to neck pain from continuous spasm, scarring and deformity of the muscles the spine may develop osteophytes (bone spurs) and disc degeneration. This in turn can cause nerve root pain. Difficulty swallowing and sometimes breathing occur in severe cases. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms associated with torticollis and how do I relieve them?

What are the symptoms associated with torticollis and how do I relieve them?

TORTICOLIS: Painful neck probably after using 2-3 pillows at night. Stiff neck is relieved by muscle relaxant, warm compress or hot relaxing showers. ...Read more

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I started getting torticollis a couple of days ago. Will I be back to normal by next week?

I started getting torticollis a couple of days ago.  Will I be back to normal by next week?

Torticollis: The most common cause of torticollis is acute wry neck, which is usually painful. Muscle strains can also produce torticollis, as well as certain infections of the pharynx or neck. Most cases are resolved within 1 week. ...Read more

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Could congential torticollis that was never diagnosed in childhood be treated now that i'm an adult?

?try Botox: Get evaluated, and pin down precise diagnostic cause. We have muscle relaxants, drugs for spasticity, newer physical therapy and osteopathic approaches, and even Botox injections. ...Read more

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Could spasmotic torticollis be cured?

Yes!: There are various treatment options available for torticollis, and physical therapy would be the first one to start with. ...Read more

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What is spasmodic torticollis?

Spasmodic torticolli: Spasmodic torticollis is an extremely painful chronic neurological movement disorder causing the neck to involuntarily turn to the left, right, upwards, and/or downwards. The condition usually occurs in midlife. (wikipedia) http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/spasmodic_torticollis the new treatment that is very effective is botulinum toxin injections. ...Read more

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How is spasmodic torticollis treated?

Meds, injections: Spasmodic torticollis, also called cervical dystonia, has several treatment options. Oral medications are sometimes helpful (baclofen, artane). Because these medications sometimes cause side effects such as sedations, injections with botulinum toxin (such as botox) are often the most effective treatment option. ...Read more

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Can drugs cause spasmodic torticollis?

Not exactly: There are certain drugs that work by blocking the action of dopamine, most of which are medications to treat psychosis or nausea (haldol, thorazine, phenergan, (promethazine) reglan) that can cause a "dystonic reaction" where the head is pulled involuntarily to one side, which would appear the same as someone with spasmodic torticollis. ...Read more

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How is spasmodic torticollis detected?

Spasmodic torticolli: Spasmodic torticollis is an extremely painful chronic neurological movement disorder causing the neck to involuntarily turn to the left, right, upwards, and/or downwards. The condition usually occurs in midlife. (wikipedia) http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/spasmodic_torticollis the new treatment that is very effective is botulinum toxin injections. It is easily detected because it is very painful. ...Read more

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Anyone had torticollis surgery success?

Surgery last resort : Surgery is rarely done these days for torticollis. Botox injections can work very well and currently represent the gold standard of treatment. ...Read more

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What can I do about torticollis and bdd?

What can I do about torticollis and bdd?

Biofeedback with: Electromyogram (EMG) can help retrain spastic muscles in torticollis. Find a certified biofeedback professional at www.Bcia.Org and www.Aapb.Org. Body dysmorphic disorder requires psychotherapy. ...Read more

Dr. Adam Hebb
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Spasmodic Torticollis (Definition)

Torticollis is a hyper spasmodic condition of the neck in which the neck and/or head is abnormally positioned in an asymmetric position. Also called Wry neck, the top of the head is tilted in one direction and the chin in another direction. Common causes are drug side effects (probably most common), and injury to the neck and cervical nerves. ...Read more