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When to Seek Medical Care
In general, acute torticollis is not life threatening. If symptoms are limited to muscle stiffness and pain, see your doctor in at least a day.
If you injure your neck and have spasm of the muscles, go immediately to a hospital's emergency department. Other medical conditions may appear to be torticollis and will need immediate medical attention. Anyone who experiences spasms of the neck muscles involved with swallowing or breathing or symptoms that might involve the central nervous system should be evaluated.
The following symptoms suggest injury or irritation to the central nervous system and should be treated as an emergency especially if they suddenly develop:
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/27/2012
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