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Definition of Torticollis

Torticollis is a form of dystonia (prolonged muscle contractions) in which the neck muscles contract involuntarily causing the head to turn.

Causes of Torticollis

Torticollis may occur without known cause (idiopathic), be genetic (inherited), or be acquired secondary to damage to the nervous system or muscles. It may develop in childhood or adulthood. Congenital torticollis (present at birth) may be caused by malpositioning of the head in the uterus, or be prenatal injury of the muscles or blood supply in the neck.

Torticollis Symptoms

Enlargement of the neck muscles (possibly present at birth)
Asymmetry of an infant's head from sleeping on the affected side
Elevation of the shoulder on the affected side
Stiffness of neck muscles
Limited range of motion
Neck pain
Head tremor


A chiropractor works on correcting underlying causes of torticollis relieving associated with symptoms.

To see if Dr. Anderson may be able to help you call 802-295-9360 today. 

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