Spasmodic Torticollis

What is Spasmodic Torticollis?

Spasmodic Torticollis is an uncontrollable muscle contraction of the neck, and is also called dystonia. The condition can originate from a neurological disease or an accident. A spasm can worsen when you stand or walk, and the neck does tend to twist to one side of the body. Moving your neck too far can cause acute Torticollis. Neck muscles on the painful side are often tender to the touch. Sometimes the neck muscles may spasm which causes a jerking movement of your head. Spasmodic Toricollis can happen at any age, but more often in young adults. The condition starts gradually, but if left untreated it may become permanent.

Types of Spasmodic Torticollis:
  • Tonic - Causes the head to be turned to one side
  • Clonic - Causes shaking head movements
  • Tonic and Clonic - Causes both kinds of movements