Description of Cervical Dystonia
Dystonia is a movement disorder that causes involuntary contractions of your muscles. These contractions result in twisting and repetitive movements, sometimes they are painful. Dystonia can affect just one muscle, a group of muscles or all of your muscles.
Signs and Symptoms
Symptoms can include:
2. Voice problems
3. Dragging foot
Symptoms often start in childhood. They can also start in the late teens or early adulthood. Some cases worsen over time. Others are mild.
Causes and Risk Factors
Common risk factors include:
1. Family history
2. Certain diseases
3. Problem in the part of the brain that handles signals for muscle contractions
Doctors use medicines, Botox injections, surgery, physical therapy, and other treatments to reduce or eliminate muscle spasms and pain.
NIH: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Frequently Asked Questions about Cervical Dystonia
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