Torticollis, also known as cervical lock syndrome or wry neck, presents with a sudden onset of neck pain resulting with head and neck locked to one side.
You may be awakened from sleep by the pain or when you wake up in the morning, you find that you have a stiff and sore neck. The cause could include a proceeding episode of intense activity, sitting in an awkward position for a period of time, sleeping with your neck exposed to an open window or even an air-conditioner. Occasionally you may have had a sore throat or an infection of the pharynx that can precipitate the cause of the stiff and sore neck. Movement of your neck is generally very difficult due to the pain and spasm.
Chiropractic care can be highly effective in unlocking the joints and relaxing the muscles of the neck. Modalities such as moist heat, massage, muscle stimulation, infrared light therapy and ultrasound will also speed the reduction of the spasms. With the proper treatment and within the right time frames this condition responds quickly and favorably. The longer this condition is allowed to persist, the longer the response time will be. Children and infants respond well and usually get their pain and dysfunction resolved with one to two weeks. Adults also respond well but they usually wait longer to seek care and therefore response time may be extended.
Do not wait until your problem gets worse. Underlying causes need to be identified so the correct treatment can be started or to establish if the problem is more serious and needs a referral.