Cervical Dystonia (Torticollis)

Spasmodic torticollis, or Cervical dystonia, is a painful condition in which your neck muscles contract involuntarily, causing your head to twist or turn to one side, or forward or backward.

Though it is a rare disease, it can occur at any age from infancy to elderly years. Cervical dystonia most often occurs in those between the ages of 40-70, and predominantly in women.

torticollisA multitude of conditions may lead to the development of cervical dystonia or torticollis including:

Muscular fibrosis
Congenital spine abnormalities
Toxic or traumatic brain injuries

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Placenta Previa

Placenta previa occurs when during pregnancy when the baby’s placenta partially or totally covers the mother’s cervix. Because the cervix is between the uterus and the vagina, placenta previa can cause severe bleeding and/or cramping before or during delivery.

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