Torticollis, also called "wry neck", is a condition where a person has a twisting of the head and neck outside of a normal neutral position without consciously trying to. There are many potential causes for torticollis from sleeping in the wrong position to an injury to the neck, like whiplash. However, it’s commonly not known what causes it.
Torticollis often occurs wihout warning, and with no obvious cause or history. Typically it presents in the office like “When I woke up, I couldn’t turn my head!” It can occur at any age and may disappear on its own in a few days to weeks, but in rare cases, it can persist for months or years!
Because of the painful nature of it, most people quickly seek healthcare services, which can include going to a doctor of chiropractic. Once the more serious causes of torticollis are ruled out (such as bacterial meningitis or fracture), conservative treatment can proceed.
Chiropractic care often includes things like stretching, manual cervical traction, spinal mobilization, and myofascial release massage techniques help to restore the lost range of motion that happens with this condition. Your chiropractor may also use physical therapy modalities and or provide instruction on home-based exercises and other self-management strategies.