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Torticollis - Better known as 'wry neck', The Latin definition means "twisted neck." Trauma to the neck or spine can lead to torticollis. Injuries to the cervical spine or neck muscles often result in spasm of the muscles, leading to the twisting of the head, characteristic of torticollis.
The classic case everyone has heard is waking up after sleeping in an awkward position and not being able to move the neck due to pain and stiffness.
Most cases of acute wry neck respond well to conservative treatment by a physiotherapist. The best approach to management is early assessment and mobilisation as opposed to resting or immobilising the area.
More females than males experience torticollis and 90% of cases are reported in 31-60 year olds. It can happen to anyone. Recently, we had a male in his mid 30s come in with a wry neck, which was totally locked up, he was experiencing tremendous amounts of pain and was unable to work. Two treatments and he is back up and running.
Immobilisation for long periods will tend to stiffen the area up further and increase muscle spasm, thereby increasing the recovery time.
If you experience a similar issue, don't hesitate or try and rest it off, best to have it looked at and get it sorted or perhaps it will linger a little longer than it should.