“When I woke up this morning, I couldn’t move my neck! Every time I try to move it, I feel sharp pain on the left side of the neck shooting down into the shoulder blade. It came out of nowhere!”

Chances are you are suffering from a common condition called torticollis, which comes from the Latin terms “torti” (twisted) and “collis” (neck).  Usually, a person wakes up in the morning with this. Patients with torticollis are usually unsure what caused the abrupt onset of symptoms.

Torticollis often improves over a few weeks. Chiropractic adjustments can reduce that time to a few days in most cases.  Most importantly, without treatments, the sharp pain can severely limit your activity, often prohibiting work as well as “fun” activities. Most people prefer having this treated as opposed to “waiting it out.” In some cases, it can last longer than a month and in rare cases even longer, so getting treatment is highly recommended.

Symptoms

  • Muscle spasms
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Neck and spine contortion

Pain Relief Treatments

  • Chiropractic adjustments
  • Ice packs
  • Ointments (BioFreeze)
  • Massage
  • Sleep / relax
  • Physical therapy and stretching
  • Anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxants, or analgesics
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