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May 13, 2008

Disorders Of The Neck And Face (Part 1)

This week in Anatomy we're studying the neck and face. So, I thought I would share some disorders that we talked about. One disorder we talked about was torticollis.

Torticollis is disorder where your neck tends to twist to one side. There can a be a family history of torticollis where the condition develops slowly (usually between the ages of 30 and 50 years), or onset can be acute or sudden. In children, the condition can be temporary or fixed. In fixed torticollis there may be problem with the muscle or bone structure.

In acute torticollis, the condition makes it very painful to move your head into proper position. It's important to seek medical advice for any of the following symptoms.
* Trouble breathing or swallowing
* Pins-and-needles feeling or numbness in your arms and legs
* Urinary hesitancy, urinary or fecal incontinence
* Weakness in your arms and legs
* Impaired speech
* Difficulty walking

Treatment can include medications, cessation of the drug that may have triggered the torticollis, or, in severe cases, surgery. Application of ice and massage may be good conservative interventions for torticollis.

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