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"Does torticollis cause neck spasms?"

ZocdocAnswersDoes torticollis cause neck spasms?


28 year old guy with neck spasms. Who should I see to confirm that this could be torticollis?


Neck spasms and torticollis are not the same thing. Torticollis specifically is a condition in which contraction of the muscles on the side of the neck result in pain, discomfort, and turning or tilting of the head to one side that is involuntary. If what you are experiencing fits this picture of torticollis, then this should be checked out immediately by your doctor, as torticollis can be a sign of a serious medical problem such as an infection in the neck or a medication side effect. If what you are experiencing, on the other hand, is more like general neck discomfort, then this is not torticollis. Problems with neck strain and spasm are actually quite common, and they are usually related to neck muscle fatigue, improper posture, or repetitive work such as leaning forward over a computer all day. Neck spasms can also occur after a neck injury, such as a whiplash injury from a car accident. The best first step would be to make an appointment to see your primary care doctor. They will be able to perform a thorough physical examination and determine if you have anything serious that is going on. If it turns out just to be neck strain, which is likely, they will recommend some treatment options also.

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