Cervical Dystonia

A sometimes unpredictable movement disorder

What is it?

Cervical dystonia (or spasmodic torticollis) is the most common form of focal or localized dystonia. Neurological in origin, it is characterized by muscular spasms that cause abnormal movements of the neck, head and sometimes the shoulders. The neck muscles may contract, twist, tremble, or remain blocked in one direction, resulting in an awkward and uncomfortable posture.


The Challenges

Progress can be unpredictable. The progress of neck dystonia is unpredictable with symptoms varying by individual and from day to day. In some cases, it will progress gradually over a five-year period and then halt – in other cases, it does not progress at all.

Dystonia can affect other areas. Dystonia can spread to other parts of the body close to the area initially affected.

Last update 13/09/2018