You wake up one morning, try to get out of bed, and find that your neck is very painful and stiff.
You look in the mirror and notice that your neck is tilted to one side. As you try to straighten it,
you experience a sharp, knife-like, electrical pain in the back of your neck. You quickly return to
its tilted position to alleviate the pain.
This is the typical case of the neck pain or "torticollis." It is a rather common occurence;
everyone at one time or another has experienced it to some degree. When severe, torticollis can
be very disabling. Normal activities such as getting dressed, driving a car, or trying to sleep,
can become very uncomfortable. Headaches at the back of the neck are not uncommon with torticollis.
Extreme stiffness, on one side or the other, will usually develop as torticollis persists. The
stiffness of torticollis can be so intense that muscle spasm can be felt to the touch at
the back and side of the neck.
The chiropractic physician specializes in the treatment of neck disorders. A
complete examination of the patient will disclose the exact cause of the
condition. Depending upon the findings, x-ray studies may be required. Only after
complete evaluation will the chiropractic physician recommend a treatment program.