Authored by Dr Louise Newson, 03 Jul 2016

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Dr John Cox, 03 Jul 2016

Torticollis means 'twisted neck'. It is also often called 'wry neck'. 

Torticollis - another name for having a 'twisted neck' or a 'wry neck' - often happens suddenly. You go to bed without any symptoms one night and then you simply wake up the following morning with a wry neck. This is known as acute torticollis.

It is a very common cause of neck pain and stiffness. However, although it can be very painful when you are affected by it, most people with the condition do not actually need to see their doctor, as simple treatment such as painkillers can be really effective.

Many people find that their symptoms really improve after a few days. It is important to seek medical advice and treatment if your symptoms persist or do not improve.  Most people who have had torticollis do not have is again in the future.

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