Common Conditions: Torticollis
A common condition seen in practice is Torticollis. What is Torticollis you ask? Well, it’s a 10 dollar word for a 2 dollar condition. That’s not to downplay the debilitating effects of this condition on the sufferers. Torticollis is simply spasm of the cervical spine musculature to an extent where the head is often held in a rotated and/or lateral flexed position. Imagine the position of your head while you look out your driver’s side mirror. This is often the position that people are “stuck” in.
Cause of Torticollis should be investigated to rule out a more serious neurological condition. Many, I dare say most, conditions are benign in nature and usually caused by muscular or joint injury to the cervical spine. Treatments are initially focused on reducing pain and restoring normal mechanics of the neck. Torticollis sufferers doing very well with Chiropractic care and are relieved to realize that this condition is rarely a chronic, long lasting injury.
Bryan M. Steele, DC