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What Is Intermittent Torticollis And Will It Ever Go Away
Twist of neck: Torticollis is the name we give to anyone with a twist in the neck, for whatever reason. It is a symptom -- not a disease itself. I have not heard the name intermittent torticollis, but I have heard of benign paroxysmal torticollis, which i suspect is the same thing. Here, the tilting tends to come in episodes caused by muscles spasms -- and is usually painful. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Depends on the : Cause- from several days to weeks for most conditions. If it persists or worsens, see your doctor. ...Read more
Orthopedics surgeon: your torticolis can definitely be addressed by lenghthening the sternomastoid muscle ...Read more
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
Botox: Botox is indicated for true spasmodic torticollis and not much else will help . If you have failed meds , like nsaids, muscle relaxers , local injections , physical therapy and massage that would be the next step and it could last 3 months and you have to repeat it but it costs are high. ...Read more
What do you suggest if my infant son was diagnosed with congenital torticollis and I think something more serious may be going on?
Second opinion: If you are concerned the first doc has missed something, schedule a second opinion somewhere else. ...Read more
Could congential torticollis that was never diagnosed in childhood be treated now that i'm an adult?
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
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
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
Toricollis vs spasm: Torticollis refers of a persistent/prolonged muscle spasms of the neck causing reduced movement and sometime pain. It could be the muscle itself or caused by underlying neurologic cause. Muscle spasm can occur anywhere, but when persisting on the neck muscle is then termed torticollis. If you just have this recently, then likely will resolve with supportive care. Consult doc if worsens. Good luck. ...Read more
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