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What are the symptoms of torticollis?

Torticollis develops gradually. In the initial stages, the patient may notice that his head rotates during conversation or when he walks, drives or attempts to write. He may notice some head tremor, particularly when he tries to fight against the involuntary turning or jerking. Gradually, the head may turn more or less permanently to one side, tilt towards the shoulder or lean forwards or backwards. The person may experience severe neck pain and head pain. Usually the individual has limited range of motion in the neck. An infant born with this condition may have limited neck movement. The shoulder on the affected side is usually elevated. There may be an enlargement of the neck muscle.


More information on torticollis

What is torticollis? - Torticollis is a type of movement disorder, in which the muscles controlling the neck cause sustained twisting or frequent jerking.
What's spasmodic torticollis? - Spasmodic torticollis is a form of dystonia characterized by intermittent spasms of the neck muscles resulting in involuntary rotation and tilting of the head.
What causes torticollis? - Congenital torticollis may be caused by malpositioning of the head in the uterus, or by prenatal injury of the muscles or blood supply in the neck.
What're the symptoms of torticollis? - Torticollis develops gradually. Torticollis may cause permanent facial deformity if it is not resolved in the first year.
How is torticollis diagnosed? - Diagnosis of torticollis is aided by an electrical study (electromyography) that can detect overactive muscles.
What's the treatment for torticollis? - Treatment of congenital torticollis involves stretching the shortened neck muscle. Drug treatments include anticholinergic drugs (baclofen).
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