Treatment

There is no cure for cervical dystonia. Sometimes the symptoms resolves without treatment, however sustained remissions are uncommon. Sensory tricks, such as touching the opposite side of the face or the back of the head, may cause spasms to stop temporarily. However these sensory tricks often lose effectiveness as the disease progresses. Heat packs and massage can help relax the neck muscles. Exercises that improve neck strength and flexibility may also be helpful and should be under the instructions of an experienced phyiotherapist. The symptoms of cervical dystonia tend to worsen when patients are stressed, therefore learning techniques for stress management are also recommended.

Regular botulinum toxin injections into the affected muscles often reduces the symptoms. Additionally, oral medication to further relieve symptoms are often recommended. If these less invasive treatments aren't beneficial, surgery in the form of deep brain stimulation (DBS) may be approriate in a few cases.

 

 

Consultant Neurologists
Ireland
Information for dystonia patients