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Torticollis is a severe tightness of the muscles on one side of the neck. The tight muscles can make the head turn to one side, lean to one side, or be pulled forward or backward. It is also called wryneck.
Your doctor asked questions about your health and examined you. You may also have had X-rays or other tests. If your doctor thinks another medical problem is causing your tight neck muscles, you may need more tests.
Torticollis usually gets better with home care. Your doctor may have you take medicine to relieve pain or relax your muscles. He or she may suggest exercise and physiotherapy to help increase flexibility and relieve stress. Your doctor may also have you wear a special collar, called a cervical collar, for a day or two. The collar may help make your neck more comfortable.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Current as of: November 9, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Robert B. Keller MD - Orthopedics
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