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

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

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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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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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

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What is the difference between torticollis and chronic bilateral muscle spasm in the neck & upper shoulders?

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

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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.

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

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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?

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

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Well I have neck pain and was wondering if I by a brace

Well I have neck pain and was wondering if I by a brace

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

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I have a broken C7 in my neck, can I remove the brace to shower?

I have a broken C7 in my neck, can I remove the brace to shower?

No.: ...Unless your doctor has cleared your neck and specifically told you it is fine to remove it. ...Read more

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I got a herniated or bulged cervical neck disc. How long does it to heal with a neck brace on?

I got a herniated or bulged cervical neck disc. How long does it to heal with a neck brace on?

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

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I've got neck problems and sleep in a neck brace. I am looking for a new brace. Any suggestions?

I've got neck problems and sleep in a neck brace. I am looking for a new brace. Any suggestions?

Why?: See if you really need one? --go to a new MD/DO and see if still necessary....
if so then ask what they'd recommend or refer you to...

most people save for traumatic situations don't need neck braces.... ...Read more

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What kind of neck brace can I use for my craniocervical instability when I also have TMJ problems?

What kind of neck brace can I use for my craniocervical instability when I also have TMJ problems?

Confirm diagnosis: 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

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What to do if I have a herniated or bulged cervical neck disc. How long does it to heal with a neck brace on?

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

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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?

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

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Would a neck brace help with my nrvk pain?

Would a neck brace help with my nrvk pain?

No way to tell: Without knowing what is causing your neck pain I could not answer that. ...Read more

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How can I sleep with a Miami J neck brace applied?

How can I sleep with a Miami J neck brace applied?

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

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Will I have to wear a huge neck/back brace due to scoliosis?

Will I have to wear a huge neck/back brace due to scoliosis?

No: If you are really 35 years old, wearing a brace would have no effect. Braces are normally used for adolescents and children with progressive curves in an effort to slow the curves progression. ...Read more

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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

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Suddenly I have three red dots in differents parts of my body: neck, arm and brace. Dots are small, 2-3 mm diameter.

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

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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?

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?

Getting used to them: My best guess is that you will take at least a week to get used to the braces--then headache and neck pain should subside. Use of otc analgesics and heat locally should help ...Read more

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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

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

There: There is some variation on the usage of neck braces from doctor to doctor. Surgery at 1 disk level may not require a neck brace, surgery at 2 levels usually requires a brace and surgery at 3 or more levels requires a brace. Good luck! ...Read more

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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

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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

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


Dr. Adam Lewis
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Braces (Definition)

They are used in orthodontics. The braces are put onto the teeth at precise anatomical locations, and wire runs through the braces and brings teeth into proper alignment. This is a very short answer for a very ...Read more