Spasmodic torticollis, also known as cervical dystonia, is a medical condition in which the muscles of the neck involuntarily contract and causes the posture of the head to abnormally twist or turn to it’s side or in some cases, tilt forward or backward. Torticollis may also cause muscle spasms or pinched nerves that could result in symptoms of pain and discomfort.
Spasmodic torticollis, or cervical dystonia, is considered a rare disorder that can occur at any age but is most often diagnosed in middle aged people, women more than men. The symptoms are known to progress gradually and reach a stage where the condition stabilizes. A person affected by cervical dystonia may experience abnormal head movements towards a single direction or in different directions. Other symptoms include neck pain that radiates from the neck to the shoulders accompanied by severe headaches.
There is no cure for this condition but the majority of the cervical dystonia treatment methods focus on relieving the impairing and debilitating symptoms. Stretches and strengthening exercises appropriate to the degree of the condition are effective towards improving posture and alleviating 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 informs 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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