Understanding cervical dystonia

Cervical dystonia, or spasmodic torticollis, is a chronic condition where your neck muscles contract involuntarily, results in painful twists and turns of the head to one side. These involuntary contractions can also cause your head to tilt forward or backward uncontrollably, creating nagging tension, crooked posture, and constant discomfort in the neck muscles.

While cervical dystonia is considered rare, it primarily affects middle-aged people with a higher occurrence among women. The onset of cervical dystonia is gradual, with symptoms increasing in severity over time.

Unfortunately, there is no cure for cervical dystonia. However, Botox injections have been shown to be a viable method for reducing the severity of abnormal head positioning and associated neck pain. 


Don’t let cervical dystonia pain hang over your head any longer.

ISS provides confident, qualified, and compassionate care when performing your cervical dystonia treatment. As a skilled and specialized private practice, we consider patient safety and satisfaction to be of utmost importance. With the ISS touch, you won’t ever have to wonder if your health is in safe hands. Choose cervical dystonia treatment from a team you can trust with ISS.

ISS also offers specialized interventional medicine and therapeutic injections for a wide range of conditions and disorders, including progressive illnesses, chronic migraines, orthopedic conditions, and more.

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How our cervical dystonia treatment works

When you first meet with the ISS team, we’ll evaluate your cervical dystonia symptoms in a one-on-one consultation, absorbing the scope of your condition and your goals with treatment.

  • Using an EMG, or electromyograph, the ISS medical team will track your muscle movement by detecting the electric potential of a defined set of muscle cells. 
    • The EMG guides our clinicians towards the source of your most overactive muscles.
  • Once your overactive muscles are identified, our team will administer the cervical dystonia treatment with Botox.
    • Tiny needles are used to inject the Botox into the affected areas of the head and neck muscles, relaxing the muscles at a chemical level. 
    • Botox, or Botulinum toxin, prevents the release of the neurotransmitters in the muscles and weakens muscle activity, making it an ideal application for cervical dystonia treatment.
  • It is important to keep in mind that every patient is different, and as such, every cervical dystonia treatment result is different. It may take several treatments to perfect the Botox amounts needed to alleviate your symptoms. 
  • To ensure your muscles stay relaxed consistently, additional treatments are usually needed every twelve weeks.
  • For more information, visit botoxcervicaldystonia.com