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Wry Neck or Torticollis

Stuart Fossella - Wednesday, November 21, 2012 | Comments (0)
Posted 6 years ago

Wry Neck or Torticollis

The term Wry neck or Torticollis refers to a painful and stiff neck that is locked because of severe muscular spasm. Rather than the neck being ‘locked’ by a facet joint, stiff muscle is the main problem. The spasming of the neck muscle generally occurs because of repetitive twisting, bending or abnormal, unaccustomed sustained positioning of the head. Many sufferers report simply waking one day with the condition.

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An physical examination may reveal a lack of head/neck movement, limited because of acute spasm related to tight soft tissues, perhaps caused by the underlying muscle, tendon, fascia and ligaments.

Clinical Signs

  • Classically associated with a side bent and rotated head.
  • One sided pain.
  • Pain and stiffness of the neck or top of the shoulders.


  • Stretching techniques to reduce stiffness.
  • Soft tissue release and massage.
  • Acupuncture for pain relief.
  • Advice associated with posture modification.
  • Electrotherapy.
  • Kinesio Tape


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