Torticollis (torti = twisted and collis = neck) is also known as stiff neck or wry neck or ... in normal terms, a condition where there is restriction of head rotation and tilting.
In children, congenital torticollis is usually caused by a tumour in the sternocleidomastoid muscle. Treatment is via gentle stretching and physiotherapy.
Idiopathic spasmodic torticollis may occur in children or adults and should not be confused with congenital torticollis
Tor`ti*col"lis (?), n. [F. toricolis; L. torquere, tortum, to twist + collum the neck.] Med.
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