What is Spasmodic Torticollis?
Spasmodic torticollis (cervical dystonia) is a disorder where the muscles of the neck contract nonstop, making the head turn into various postures. It can be caused by a neurologic disease or as the result of an accident. The spasms tend to worsen when a person stands or walks, making simple tasks hard. Torticollis (wry neck or Loxia) is one of a broader category of disorders that exhibit flexion, extension, or twisting of muscles of the neck beyond their normal situation. The Latin definition of torticollis means twisted neck. In torticollis, the neck tends to twist to one side, causing the head tilt. The situation can either develop slowly if you have a family history of the disorder, or acutely from trauma, or as an adverse reaction to medications.