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Cervical Dystonia

Cervical Dystonia is a movement disorder characterized by involuntary contractions of neck muscles those results in neck pain, and involuntary head position. Patients complain that they cannot keep their head in a normal position. It may pull to the side, twist, or veer to an abnormal position. Some people refer to this as “torticollis”. Medications may be ineffective in many patients. Botox is the most effective treatment for this illness, and may offer three months or more of relief. Treatments generally have to be done in three or four month intervals to assure continued benefit. The injections are minimally uncomfortable, and are done in our clinic.

This is characterized by tightness in muscles that can result in trouble walking, or using an arm. It can occur as the result of a stroke, multiple sclerosis, a spinal cord injury, or as a result of cerebral palsy. Botox can be a very effective treatment for these disorders that can improve the ability of one to use the effective limb. Treatment may also reduce pain in the affected limb.