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Can I have dystonia in my neck?

Yes, dystonia affecting the neck muscles is among the most common types of dystonia. Dystonia in the neck is called cervical dystonia, referring to the muscles along the cervical spine. Symptoms include extreme, often painful, muscle spasms that cause involuntary movements and postures of the head and neck. 

Spasmodic torticollis is a type of dystonia that targets the muscles in the neck. In fact, it is one of the more common forms of the condition. Neck muscles spasm uncontrollably, which can force the neck and head into uncomfortable and unnatural positions. Early symptoms may include a tugging feeling in the neck.

Susie Whitworth
Nursing
Dystonia in the neck is called cervical dystonia. Cervical dystonia causes abnormal movements and involuntary contracting of the neck muscles. The involunatary movements can be clonic (jerky) or tonic (sustained). Cervical dystonia is considered a focal dystonia and may cause considerable discomfort and pain.

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