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Torticollis Neck Brace
Depends on the: Cause- from several days to weeks for most conditions. If it persists or worsens, see your doctor. ...Read more
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
Is torticollis the same as cervical dystonia/spasmodic torticollis? I have pain & spasms in neck and minor involuntary movemnt. Will it become worse?
Yes; Possibly.: Cervical dystonia is an imbalance in muscle activity of the neck muscles, which can cause abnormal postures or shaking. It is also known as torticollis or spasmodic torticollis. Most cases get slowly worse over time, though some cases have been reported of spontaneous improvement. Oral medicines and injections of Botox may be helfpul. ...Read more
What is the difference between torticollis and chronic bilateral muscle spasm in the neck & upper shoulders?
Cervical strains: Acute torticollisis is an acute cervical strain pinching a nerve. Chronic upper body muscle strain is from chronic disc problems or degenerative changes. An or frequently poor upper body posture. Acute torticollisis is usually temporary but may need an osteopathic or chiropractic adjustment. Upper body posture problems. Can be fixed with the proper exercises disc or degenerative changes are dif ...Read more
I have always had limited movement of my neck to one side. My mother said it was torticollis?, having come from my nurse not turning my head, I am 54.
Perhaps: You could have limited motion due to that history but there could also be other restrictions. An osteopathic physician or physiatrist might be a good place for you to start to discover your restriction and discover he best treatment options. ...Read more
Spasm while swallowing 2 months ago, now have neck stiffnes on same side. Could it be spasmodic torticollis, and what MRI to do? (brain, neck?)
I'm 35, was born with Congenital torticollis, had 2 surgeries at age under 5 - sholders are still dissymmetrical, scar tissue tightens neck. Surgery?
Had spasmodic torticollus this week. Ed xrays showed arthrits in neck & back. I'm 20 and its painful. Also sent for mri. Celebrex/ lortabs for pain?
Pain: Are you asking if this is appropriate treatment or why it is so painful? Given your age, the pain is far more likely to be from the muscle spasm (which can be excruciating) than arthritis. The meds will help, as will heating pads, and gentle stretching. If it's in the budget or if you have someone who can help, you may get relief from massage as well :) it may take 1-2 weeks to resolve. ...Read more
See below: Sharp neck pain usually comes from a degenerative joint or disc in the neck. Sometimes it's from a muscle strain or sprain. Early treatment options include a short course of nsaids (advil, aleve), gentle massage, moist heat, and focusing on posture. I would stay away from the brace for now. If pain lasts greater than 2 weeks see your physician. ...Read more
No.: ...Unless your doctor has cleared your neck and specifically told you it is fine to remove it. ...Read more
6 to 10 weeks: The majority heal with conservative care. On average, if it is going to heal on it's own, it will do so in 6-10 weeks. Check out spine-health. Com. Good luck. ...Read more
What kind of neck brace can I use for my craniocervical instability when I also have TMJ problems?
CCI is a serious condition of hereditary or traumatic origin such as a serious auto collision.
While I have no expertise with CCI, I have spent 45 years treating TMJ and can tell you that any kind of cervical brace will make your TMJ much worse.
If your CCI was diagnosed by a chiropractor, have the condition confirmed by an Orthopaedist. If (s)he does not concur, seek treatment for your TMJ. ...Read more
What to do if I have a herniated or bulged cervical neck disc. How long does it to heal with a neck brace on?
Herniated disc: The pain from a herniated disc in the neck will improve with anti-inflammatory medication, muscle relaxers, neck exercises, and physical therapy. Cervical traction can reduce the radiating arm pain. Cortisone injections and nerve blocks can reduce neck and arm pain also. A neck brace reduces range of motion and often increases the pain. The pain should resolve within six weeks. See a neurosurgeon. ...Read more
I broke my neck (c7) on the 28th of jan. I'm scheduled to have my brace taken off mar 11. When can I start lifting @ the gym again?
Ask your surgeon:
"one should not push her/his luck too much...."
you've gotta be very careful before you are back to your routine lifting etc. When you can start your activity will depend on how severe the fracture is, how did you get the fracture, how heavy is the lifting-etc. Discuss with your surgeon when you can start lifting again. You are lucky you did not have quadriplegia- so don't push your luck too much. ...Read more
SPINAL COLLAR: Review website for proper sizing and fitting on www. Spinalcollar. Com. Discuss with your doctor appropriate pain control and use of low dose ambien/lunesta/rozerem ...Read more
What should I do about pain in my neck after I have broken it in 2 places? I've got a neck brace on & it's really hard to deal with.
Ask your doctor: Your question is best directed to the doctor treating your neck issue. ...Read more
Be...: On the bottom. I can't be more specific, but assume you are male! ...Read more
Dx with reversed cervical lordosis & told to wear neck brace for correction. Please recommend a wearing a schedule.
Extension stretching: Only need collar when wanting to look down. If you can keep a good posture and hourly extend your neck, the collar may be unnecessary. ...Read more
Suddenly I have three red dots in differents parts of my body: neck, arm and brace. Dots are small, 2-3 mm diameter.
Red dots: Difficult to know with out more information but itching would make you think of allergy or contact to something allergic. If no itching then maybe bites, chicken pox, or just a virus. Use a topical steroid first then wait to see if anything else develops. If continues to spread then see your doctor. ...Read more
I just got braces and now I'm having neck pain and headaches. Is this caused by my braces and is this normal? What can I do to relieve the pain?
No: It is very patient specific. Fracture pattern and neurologic status are some of the considerations. ...Read more
Would I have to wear a neck brace if I had surgery for cervical degenerative disc disease? I am just trying to figure out if I want the surgery
Friend fractured neck at c6-c7 10 years ago. He has fully recovered. Should he reapply his neck brace whenever pain episodes appear?
If you R solidly-: -healed no need 2. It the symptoms R the same as before, put it on & get back 2 C Ur spine surgeon. ASD (adjacent segment disease) is common after this length of time. No emergency but get in 2 C him/her. ...Read more
My husband fractured his C2 a couple of days ago. They did not opt for surgery or a halo and have him in a neck brace and sent him home the day after the incident. Is this a good sign?
Depends: This depends on several things: how experienced was the physician who made the diagnosis & treatmrpent plan, your husband's age & health status, the type of fracture (classified type 1, 2 or3-which all have different prognosis's) & whether the fracture was non displaced or displaced and by how much it was angulated if at all. You should get an opinion from an orthopedic surgeon or neurosurgeon. ...Read more