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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.


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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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What is the best treatment for a spasmodic torticollis?

What is the best treatment for a spasmodic torticollis?

Botox: The use of Botox injection has revolutionized the are of torticollis. Injections into the muscle will overtime relax the muscle and improve the issue. ...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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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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Can you tell me about deep brain stimulation for spasmodic torticollis dystonia?

Can you tell me about deep brain stimulation for spasmodic torticollis dystonia?

DBS: Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is used in extreme cases to treat dystonia. The surgery involves implanting electrodes into a region of the brain, the globus pallidus, to help reduce tone in the muscles which is causing the torticollis. The efficacy of the surgery is somewhat related to genetic factors and also related to how long a person has been symptomatic. More chronic cases are harder to treat. ...Read more

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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?

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

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