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What is Torticollis?

Acute torticollis is where the big powerful muscles in the side of the neck go into an involuntary spasm. This can be a very painful condition and can leave the patient unable to move the neck and they have to hold the neck to the side due to the muscle spasm. The common muscles that this can affect is the sternocleidomastoid and the levator scapulae.

Common Causes

Activities that can cause this condition:

  • Typing
  • Driving
  • Prolonged sitting

Common Signs & Symptoms

Common signs and symptoms of this condition:

  • Pain in the side of the neck
  • Patient holding the neck to the side
  • Stiffness in the neck

Condition Management

What you should do if you suffer from this condition:

  • Consult with your GP
  • Consult with a chartered physiotherapist
  • Use a heat pack – this can help improve the circulation to the neck, therefore decreasing pain and stiffness.

This condition will normally resolve within a few days if treated correctly. Below are some basic exercises you can undertake to help to try to resolve this condition.

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