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  • Casadie Morris


Updated: Apr 23

What is Torticollis?

Torticollis, also known as wry neck, is a condition characterized by the abnormal positioning or tightening of the neck muscles, resulting in the head being tilted to one side. The term "torticollis" is derived from the Latin words "tortus," meaning twisted, and "collum," meaning neck. This condition can be congenital (present at birth) or acquired later in life due to various factors such as injury, muscle spasm, or underlying medical conditions.

Signs and symptoms of torticollis may include:

  1. Head Tilt: The head is typically tilted to one side, with the chin pointing towards the opposite shoulder. This tilt may be slight or pronounced.

  2. Head Rotation: In addition to the tilt, the head may also be rotated or turned to one side, causing the individual to have difficulty facing forward.

  3. Muscle Tightness: The muscles on one side of the neck may feel tight or tense, contributing to the abnormal head position.

  4. Limited Range of Motion: Individuals with torticollis may experience difficulty moving their head and neck freely, particularly in the direction opposite to the tilt.

  5. Pain or Discomfort: Torticollis can be associated with neck pain or discomfort, especially in the affected muscles.

  6. Asymmetrical Facial Features: In some cases, torticollis may cause asymmetry in the face or head due to the constant tilting or rotation of the head.

  7. Headaches: Chronic torticollis may lead to recurrent headaches, especially tension headaches, as a result of muscle strain and altered neck posture.

  8. Visual Disturbances: The abnormal head position may affect visual alignment, leading to double vision or difficulty focusing on objects.

It's important to note that the severity of symptoms can vary widely among individuals with torticollis, and some people may experience mild symptoms while others may have more pronounced limitations in mobility and function. Additionally, the underlying cause of torticollis, whether congenital or acquired, may influence the presentation and management of the condition. If you suspect you or someone you know may have torticollis, it's advisable to consult a healthcare professional for evaluation and appropriate management.

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