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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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Dr. Henry Sondheimer
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Torticollis (Definition)

Torticollis is 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


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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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Dr. Adam Hebb
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Spasmodic Torticollis (Definition)

Spasmodic torticollis is the sudden contraction of one of the neck muscles, causing a person to turn his head to one side. This may be due to neurological diseases, a simple cramp in the neck muscle, or a side ...Read more