Torticollis (Wry Neck)
What is Torticollis (Wry Neck)?
It is also known as wry neck, IST and cervical dystonia. Due to cervical (neck) muscle spasm or other head and neck disorders, the head is in a rotation and side -bend position.
There are two types:
- Transient spasmotic torticollis (< 6 months duration)
- Idiopathic spasmotic torticollis (> 6 months duration)
- Congenital (present at birth)
What are the symptoms and signs of Torticollis (Wry neck)?
- Neck pain
- Head rotation and head tilt
- Difficulty moving the head and neck
What are the causes of neck pain due to Torticollis (Wry neck)?
- Muscular damage
- Cervical spine (neck) injury
- Cervical (neck) joint issues such as poor biomechanics
- Certain medications
- Central nervous system infections, tumours, and eye disorders
Who usually experiences neck pain caused by Torticollis (Wry Neck)?
- Experienced by 0.00003% of people
- More females than males experience torticollis
- 90% of cases are reported in 31-60 year olds
- Transient Spasmotic Torticollis
- Most common type
- Activity or posture induced e.g. phone between head and shoulder for long periods of time
- Occurs in approximately < 0.4% of newborns
- Occurs as a result of birth trauma and intrauterine malpositioning of neck muscles
If I experience neck pain from Torticollis (Wry Neck), what can I do?
- Address postural imbalances (avoid consistently sitting or reading in the same position)
- Gentle stretch only to comfort level
For a more customised self-management plan and if symptoms do not improve,
Call us on 9899 1416 or Book Online and one of our experienced Chiropractors at Aurum Health Care can assess and formulate a treatment plan for you to get you on the road to recovery.