There is no single treatment strategy appropriate for every case of spasmodic torticollis but medication and therapy can help you to manage the pain and symptoms. In some cases, symptoms disappear without any treatment, but they often reoccur.
Medical specialists working with the Mind and Brain Service Line at The Aga Khan University Hospital are equipped to provide comprehensive, state-of-the-art medical care, and discuss with you the measures being undertaken.
You can use a combination of medications to reduce the symptoms of spasmodic torticollis, including:
Botulinum toxin: more commonly known as Botox, this paralyzing agent can be injected directly into your neck muscles. This procedure must be repeated every three to four months.
Parkinson's drugs: certain medications used to combat the tremors associated with Parkinson's disease can be used in combination with botulinum toxin injections. There are some side effects including visual blurring dry mouth, memory problems, constipation, reduced urinary stream.
Muscle relaxants: These drugs can also be helpful, but side effects include sedation, imbalance and mild thought impairment.
Pain medications: These may be prescribed depending on your symptoms and their severity.
It is also important to keep a healthy, active lifestyle including regular exercise to improve muscle strength and wearing a neck brace to provide additional support. You can also use a variety of stress management techniques to prevent stress related spams.