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Cervical Dystonia

Cervical Dystonia (also known as spasmodic torticollis) is a rare condition which involves the involuntary contraction of the neck muscles into abnormal positions. It causes repetitive twisting movements of your head and neck, which can be intermittent, in spasms, or constant. 

What is Cervical Dystonia?

Dystonia is a movement disorder that causes excessive muscle contractions. These muscle contractions are not under the control of the person (involuntary) and result in twisting movements that place the body in abnormal, sometimes painful postures. Cervical Dystonia is when these movement contractions occur in the neck. 

Cervical Dystonia

Signs and Symptoms of Cervical Dystonia

Symptoms of Cervical Dystonia include:

  • Twisting of head and chin sideways, toward the shoulder (torticollis
  • Neck pain on the same side as the tilt, and can radiate to the shoulders
  • Raised shoulder
  • Hand tremors
  • Headaches
  • Head tremors
  • Swelling of neck muscle
  • unawareness of physical movements not affected by dystonia

Causes of Cervical Dystonia

For many patients, the cause of dystonia is unknown. Of known causes, dystonia can occur due to:

  • Heredity (abnormal genes passed down from parents).
  • Birth injury.
  • Stroke.
  • Medications, including some antipsychotic and anti-nausea medications.
  • Neurological diseases, such as Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis.

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