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Condition of the Month


October

Torticollis

Definition

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

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
  •  HEADACHE
  •  NECK PAIN
  •  HEAD TREMOR

Treatment:

Chiropractic care works on correcting misalignments that cause lower back pain associated with pregnancy.

To see if chiropractic may be able to help you call Dr. Robert Murphy at 330-825-5502 today for a complimentary consultation.

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