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Spasmodic Torticollis

Spasmodic Torticollis (ST) is a condition thought to be caused by a neurological disorder. It is not unlike having a permanent “cramp” in your neck muscles. Usually, because you are unable to move the neck you will hold it at an awkward angle causing one shoulder to be held higher than the other. It is not clear exactly what causes the condition so it is difficult to treat.

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Tags: Upper Body, Head, Neck, Neck & Shoulder, Shoulder, Muscles, Head - problems turning the head, Muscle sprain or strain, Neck / Shoulder problems

Wry Neck - Torticollis

Sometimes when you keep your head in a fixed position over a long period of time (studying, long drive, awkward sleeping position) this can cause a shortening of the neck muscles which may result in neck spasm. This is called Wry Neck or sometimes Torticollis. A spasm is similar to a cramp in that it does not allow you move your neck in the normal way and some movements are particularly painful.

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Tags: Upper Body, Neck, Neck & Shoulder, Muscles, Head - problems turning the head, Muscle sprain or strain, Neck / Shoulder problems

Whiplash

In a rear-end collision your head is often thrown violently backwards in relation to your spine. There will be usually be damage to your muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones and other soft tissue. The amount of damage depends on how hard the impact was and the condition of your neck before the impact. Damage will happen too if the impact is from the front or side as your head tends to be thrown in the direction from which the blow came.

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Tags: Upper Body, Head, Neck, Neck & Shoulder, Muscles, Head - problems turning the head, Muscle sprain or strain, Neck / Shoulder problems, Whiplash

TB of the Spine

Tuberculosis is a bacterial infection that attacks the lungs first but can also affect the spine. In the spine it attacks some of the bones in the middle or lower and sometimes upper back. The bones in the lower back are separated from each other by cushions (or discs) and the TB can eat into one of these causing the spine to bend sharply forward. When this happens it is called an angular Kyphosis.

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Tags: Upper Body, Neck, Back - Upper, Back - Lower, Spine, Neck / Shoulder problems

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia (also known as Fibrositis) is a felt as a series of sharp stabbing pains in the neck, shoulder blades, arms, chest, lower back and hips. The cause of these chronic widespread aches is not known, and most people find that it takes a number of years (7) to have it diagnosed. Diagnosis is eventually made on the basis of pain in 11 of 18 specified locations on the body.

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Tags: Neck, Neck & Shoulder, Shoulder, Back - Upper, Back - Lower, Arms and Legs, Lower Body, Hips, Back pain, Neck / Shoulder problems

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