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Spasmodic Torticollis

Spasmodic Torticollis Causes

The exact cause of spasmodic torticollis is still unknown, but there are researches that associate the condition to a genetic link. The condition often occurs to people within twenty-five to fifty-five years of age.

Spasmodic Torticollis Definition

Spasmodic torticollis is a disorder where the muscles of the neck contract uncontrollably causing the head to turn in different postures. Cervical dystonia is another name for spasmodic torticollis. The contraction tends to worsen during standing or walking which makes even the simplest task difficult.

Spasmodic Torticollis Diagnosis

Electrodiagnostic tests are part of physical and neurological examinations in the diagnosis of spasmodic torticollis in combination with complete patient history.

Spasmodic Torticollis Symptoms and Signs

The most significant symptom of spasmodic torticollis is recurrent, sudden and single lateral movements of the neck.

Spasmodic Torticollis Treatment

In very rare cases, spasmodic torticollis goes away without the need for any treatment. Common treatments for spasmodic torticollis include administration of botulinum toxin (botox) either as medication or injection. Symptomatic treatment for the symptoms might benefit from physical therapy.

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