Torticollis is a condition in which there is sharp pain with neck movements, most often into rotation and lateral bending. The individual is often forced to hold their neck in a position of rotation and side bending as this may be the only position of comfort. Often people will simply wake up with this condition with no known trauma.
Treatment is focuses on releasing muscle spasm and restoring joint motion through facilitated stretching and chiropractic adjustments or joint mobilizations when tolerable. Myofascial Release Techniques (MRT) is also often used to address excessively tight muscles that are holding the neck in the awkward position.