Type of disease: Rare conditions
Spasmodic torticollis, also called cervical dystonia, is a painful condition in which the neck muscles contract involuntarily, causing the head to twist or turn to one side. The head may also tilt forward or backward uncontrollably. This is a rare disorder that can occur at any age, though it is present more often in middle-aged people, and more commonly seen in women. Symptoms usually begin slowly and then reach a point where they do not get much worse. There is no cure for spasmodic torticollis, though sometimes the condition may resolve without treatment.