Torticollis is a severe tightness of the muscles on one side of the neck. The tight muscles can make the head turn to one side, lean to one side, or be pulled forward or backward. It is also called wryneck.
Torticollis usually gets better with home care. Your doctor may have you take medicine to relieve pain or relax your muscles. He or she may suggest exercise and physical therapy to help increase flexibility and relieve stress. Your doctor may also have you wear a special collar, called a cervical collar, for a day or two. The collar may help make your neck more comfortable.