Torticollis (Wry Neck)

Torticollis (Wry Neck)

If you are unable to move your neck and have neck pain symptoms, it is advised you seek medical advice before commencing any self-management strategies.

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:

1. Acquired

  • Transient spasmotic torticollis (< 6 months duration)
  • Idiopathic spasmotic torticollis (> 6 months duration)

2. 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)?

These include:

  • 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)?

1. Research shows:

    1. Acquired
      • 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
    2. Congenital
      • 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

Due to the acute and complex nature of Torticollis (Wry Neck), it is recommended that you call us on 9899 1416 and one of our experienced Chiropractors at Aurum Health Care can assess and formulate a treatment plan and get you on the road to recovery.


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