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Spasmodic Torticollis

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.

Loss of Cervical Lordosis

The structure of the cervical spine subsists of 7 vertebrae, typically aligning into a minor C-shaped curvature referred to as cervical lordosis. The curve of the cervical spine is designed to stabilize the head and spine, concurrently balancing the body. But occasionally, the neck will develop an abnormal curve that causes the spine to lose its natural misalignment and could result in further complications.
Abnormal Curvature
Infrequently, a normal cervical lordosis will grow an abnormal curvature where the neck will excessively begin to curve forward, misaligning the spine. The inward cervical curvature can make the head appear slightly pushed forward from its normal position. In other cases, the neck can lose its cervical lordosis, rectifying the curve in the neck.
A major factor contributing to loss of cervical lordosis is bad posture. The poor posture habit of slouching, especially while sitting incorrectly for extended periods of time, builds additional stress on the neck in o…

Neck Injury Prevention

A cervical fracture, best known as a broken neck, is identified when a single or multiple of the seven vertebrae located in the cervical area of the spine undergoes trauma from an injury that outcomes with a fracture, break, or crack, in the bones of the neck. Fractures to the cervical spine are known to be moderately common, especially among athletes, but an injury that caused a broken neck usually leads to further complications and pain. There’s various ways of preventing a fracture to your cervical spine.
Tips for Preventing a Neck Fracture
The vertebra in the neck form the essential structure that supports the head, attaching it to the shoulders and the body as well as guarding the spinal nerve roots that connect from the brain to the rest of the body. Avoiding injury is optimal for anyone as a fractured neck can result in serious complications depending on the grade of the injury. Considerable precautions can be taken to prevent an injury to the neck.
A key element of neck injury pr…

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