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What is torticollis (wryneck)?

Torticollis, also called wryneck, is a condition that causes short, tight neck muscles. Shortened neck muscles cause the head to tilt to one side, and usually cause the chin to turn inward and down, toward the opposite shoulder. This condition can be present at birth or develop in adults. In adults, it may develop due to damage to the nervous system, upper spine or muscles in the upper body. Symptoms include neck pain and stiffness, headaches, problems turning the head, and one shoulder that is higher than the other. Sometimes, torticollis can be treated with muscle stretching. Other possible treatments include neck braces, medications and injections, and surgery. Torticollis is not usually life-threatening, but should be diagnosed and treated by a doctor to avoid more serious problems.

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