Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Overview Symptoms Evaluation Treatment questions for doctor specialist Home Care pain control warning signs Outlook Underlying Cause Types congenital torticollis

Muscle Spasms Neck Treatment

Treatment for torticollis may include medications that relax the muscles, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain, narcotic pain medication, and physical therapy. Rarely, surgery is required to treat an infant with torticollis.

Specific treatment for torticollis may include:

Muscle Spasms Neck Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of torticollis.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • Do I need to stay in the hospital?
    • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • Do I need to change the dose of my medication?
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • Will I need physical therapy?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for having torticollis again?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?

Muscle Spasms Neck Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat torticollis:

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Last Updated: Jun 9, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Muscle Spasms Neck References
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