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Spasmodic torticollis, also known as cervical dystonia, is a medical condition identified when the muscles of the neck involuntarily contract, causing the posture of the head to abnormally twist or turn to it’s side or in some cases, tilt forward or backward. Torticollis is also known to cause muscle spasms or pinched nerves that could result in symptoms of pain and discomfort.

Cervical dysdonia, or spasmodic torticollis, is considered an uncommon disorder that may develop at any age but is most often recognized in middle aged people and in women more than men. The symptoms are known to advance gradually until they reach a stage where the condition stabilizes. A person afflicted by cervical dystonia may experience abnormal head movements towards a single direction or in different directions. Other symptoms include pain that trails from the neck to the shoulders, usually followed by severe headaches.


There is no cure for this condition but the greater part of cervical dystonia treatment methods focus on alleviating the debilitating and impairing symptoms. Strengthening exercises and stretches appropriate to the degree of the condition are effective towards improving posture and relieving the pain and discomfort associated with dystonia in the neck. Certain types of therapy are also known to decrease or stop the muscle spasms caused by the condition. Dr. Alex Jimenez advices that getting an early diagnosis for cervical dystonia is important in order to start treatment as soon as possible.

By Dr. Alex Jimenez 

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