Dystonia is a neurological movement disorder that is evidenced by sustained muscle contractions. These muscle contractions cause abnormal postures or twisting and repetitive movements.
There are several different forms of dystonia. These include focal, generalized, intermediate, segmental and acute dystonic reaction.
Dystonia is also divided into two large categories that depend on your age at the onset of the disorder. If dystonia begins during your youth, you may have a type of dystonia that is inherited. Your signs and symptoms may eventually affect all of your body.
The other category of dystonia is when it starts in older adults. This kind of dystonia usually affects only one of your body parts. Usually this is your hand, neck or face.
Cervical dystonia, which is also known as spasmodic torticollis, is one of the forms of dystonia. This disorder causes the muscles of your neck to contract involuntarily. This causes your head to twist to one side. Cervical dystonia is a painful condition that is also marked by your head tilting backward or forward uncontrollably.
Fortunately, cervical dystonia is rare. It can develop in anyone at any age. This includes infancy. However, cervical dystonia is most common in middle-aged women. In fact, it is almost twice as common in women as in men.
Doctors do not know why some people get cervical dystonia and others do not. Researchers think that this disorder may be from a defect in your brain’s capacity to process chemical messages. This is what allows your brain cells to communicate with one another.
One of the signs and symptoms caused by cervical dystonia is neck pain that can radiate to your shoulders. Other signs and symptoms include:
- Elevation of the shoulder that is affected
- Severe headaches
- Tremors in your hand or arm.
The muscle contractions that mark cervical dystonia may cause your head to twist in several different directions. This includes:
- Your ear toward your shoulder
- Your chin straight down
- Your chin toward your shoulder
- Your chin straight up.
You or a loved one may have been diagnosed with cervical dystonia. This disorder and/or complications resulting from it may why you or your loved one is disabled. It may be why you need financial assistance.
You or your loved one may be planning on applying for the financial help that you need from the Social Security Administration by applying for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits because of the disability caused by cervical dystonia and/or complications resulting from this disorder. You or your loved one may have already applied and been turned down.
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