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Do you know if recovery possible with congenital torticollis?

Do you know if recovery possible with congenital torticollis?

Yes: Recovery is possible with congential torticollis. Most of the time, intensive physical therapy and/or occupational therapy is all that is needed. Rarely is surgery indicated and that is only reserved for those who are not improved with pt/ot. ...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


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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is congenital torticollis?

Torticollis: Congenital torticollis represents a wry neck where the sternocleido mastoid muscle may be shortened at birth. ...Read more

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How does one get congenital torticollis (head tilted to the left)?

How does one get congenital torticollis (head tilted to the left)?

Birth trauma...etc.: Congenital torticollis is thought to be due to injury of the sternocleidomastoid muscle during birth or during the baby's time in the womb. The exact cause is unclear, however. It manifests in infancy but may not be diagnosed until adolescence or even adulthood. ...Read more

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My infant son was diagnosed with congenital torticollis. Could this be a symptom of something more serious?

My infant son was diagnosed with congenital torticollis. Could this be a symptom of something more serious?

Depends: This is usually quite evident on the initial newborn exam. The baby can be folded into a distorted position that they do not find uncomfortable, that includes neck, jaw and other facial changes. It usually reflects distorted position in the womb. Infants with abnormal neck vertebrae can have a similar appearance, but the exam differs. Some infants acquire torticolas from birth trauma. ...Read more

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Doc, I want to know what is the best way to treat congenital torticollis?

Torticollis: Time and gentle stretching, if ok'd by your pediatrician and orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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9 mo gdaughter had congenital torticollis, head & height were high %ile. Now head still growing but height went from 90th to 5th %ile. Concern?

Torticollis: This is a complex problem. Your granddaughter may have an anomaly of the first vertebra or atlas as wellas the torticollis. She should be evaluated by a neurosurgeon as well as a pediatric orthopedist. Surgery is indicated to corect the defects. ...Read more

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What is the condition congenital muscular torticollis?

Congenital torticoll: Many articles on congenital muscular torticollis have
been published in the surgical literature. Most have been
devoted to the histology of this disorder and the various
theories of its etiologyrelatively little has
been written about the long-term results of treatment.
From the literature, it is clear that: the pathogenesis and
etiology of congenital muscular torticollis are unknown. ...Read more

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My bby dr said she had torticollis congenital she 5 mnth old now is this serious? And what could have caused this? I was abused while preg, is that y?

My bby dr said she had torticollis congenital she 5 mnth old now is this serious? And what could have caused this? I was abused while preg, is that y?

Hard to say: Some use the congenital label to imply it as present near birth, while others do for those with anomalies of the spine that will always be present. The majority of 1-3 mo babies that have it had one neck muscle stretched during delivery and that muscle spasms down and shortens. That form can gradually improve with therapy. Please clarify the issue with your doc. Outcome will differ with cause. ...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

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What are symptoms of spasmodic torticollis?

Turning to one side: Spasmodic torticollos is a nerve-based problem which results in muscles of the neck inappropriately turning to one side consistently. It can be painful and usually cannot be overcome by simply using the hands to push the face back to center.
There are treatments for this, though, including pills that alter the signal from the brain to the muscles as well as Botox to weaken the neck muscles. ...Read more

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What are some causes of spasmodic torticollis?

Torticollis: Aka wry neck typically the head tilts away from the side of the neck with a tight sternpcleidomadtoid muscle. ...Read more

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Is torticollis surgery ever needed or pt always works?

Is torticollis surgery ever needed or pt always works?

Surg RARELY Needed: Most patients with torticollis will respond to physical therapy. Rarely surgery is required - particularly if the torticollis is allowed to persist for an extended period of time. The surgical interventions are quite invasive and should be only used when absolutely necessary. ...Read more

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What exactly is spasmodic torticollis? Can it be treated?

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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I was wondering what are some causes of spasmodic torticollis?

While there can: Be a number of associated neurologic conditions, isolated spasmodic torticollis is usually idiopathic, as we do not know the cause. If there are other symptoms, there are many syndromes that include it, and neuro insults like brain injury or radiation treatments can also cause it. Even poor positioning in utero is speculated to be related. Best to have a thorough history to isolate that answer. ...Read more

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Symptoms for torticollis include headache too? What other syptoms are if so?

Torticollis: Symptoms of torticollis are neck pain especially on trying to turn one's head. Also there may be muscle spasm in the scm muscle. ...Read more

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What more can I do to get rid of torticollis?

A Few ideas: Cervical torticollis produces a drawing tightness affecting the posture of the head and neck, difficulty in turning the head to one side, pain and sleep difficulties. Botulism toxin treatments are the most gentle, pain relieving and effective treatments for this condition. Stretching with pt, chiropractic tx, oral muscle relaxers, and sleep medications with muscle relaxation effect may be tried. ...Read more

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What are the preventive measures for torticollis?

For Congenital Torti: For congenital torticollis, there is a cure thru physical therapy and no prevention. For positional infantile torticollis, prevention is thru changing positions regularly and treatment is again thru physical therapy. ...Read more

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Torticollis - which treatment should I try first?

Depends: Torticollis (wry neck) can be caused by several things including muscle problems, injuries, infections, and tumors. You should probably start with your primary doctor, though you may need to see a specialist, depending on the severity and test results. ...Read more

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How long does it take for torticollis/stiff neck to go away?

Depends on the: Cause- from several days to weeks for most conditions. If it persists or worsens, see your doctor. ...Read more

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What to do if I have got torticollis, or a wry/stiff neck - will antinflamitories help ease the pain?

Possibly: This should respond more to muscle relaxants, but if the stiffness is due to arthritis of the spine it should respond well to anti-inflammatory medications. ...Read more

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My 8mo old has a p.T. Appt for torticollis. Not really bad he can turn head but still favors one side. What can I do @ home in the mean time, appt 2wks?

My 8mo old has a p.T. Appt for torticollis. Not really bad he can turn head but still favors one side. What can I do @ home in the mean time, appt 2wks?

Work on it at home: Have pt see him sooner and have them train you on what to do at home to help. This should improve with good phy therapy. See someone who has done this before. Also. You can help with the therapy as well. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for spasmodic torticollis?

What is the treatment for spasmodic torticollis?

Muscle relaxers, and: Nsaid's if indicated. Therapy and massage with stretching exercises by a therapist.
In young kids sometimes surgery would be indicated.
Consult your orthopod for proper DX and treatment. ...Read more

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My mum supposedly has torticollis. Could this explain her chest pains?

My mum supposedly has torticollis. Could this explain her chest pains?

Possibly: Not enough info to rule out heart or lung dz. If these have been ruled out then yes, torticollis could cause chest pain.Depending on cause of torticollis & whether congenital or acquired, tight neck muscles could pull on ribs (to which some of the muscles attach), stopping their proper respiratory motion. A good history & osteopathic exam might reveal cause. Manipulation could free up rib/vetebrae. ...Read more

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Need doctor's help! What doctor checks for plagiocephaly and torticollis?

Plagiocephaly: Pediatric neurosurgeon or plastic surgeon that deals with cranial facial problems - both can evaluate the two. ...Read more

Dr. Henry Sondheimer
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Torticollis (Definition)

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 ...Read more