- The prognosis for torticollis is generally good. Most people with acute torticollis are successfully treated with medication. If a drug caused the spasm, it should be stopped. Spasmodic torticollis is successfully treated with local injections of botulinum A toxin in combination with medications. If these conservative measures are unsuccessful, surgery on the nerves of the neck can be attempted. After surgery, many people will often have initial relief, but most relapse after several months.
- For the great majority of people with acute torticollis, the condition goes away in several days to a few weeks. A small number of people will go on to develop continuing problems with their neck for months to years.
Medically reviewed by Joseph Palermo, D.O.; American Osteopathic Board Certified Internal Medicine
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Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/9/2014
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