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What would cause tilted head after surgery?

TannasNanaTTannasNana Posts: 8
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:40 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Not sure if anyone else has experienced this but since my husbands surgery his head is tilted to the right and for some reason he can not keep it upright. He didn't even notice it at first and actually argued with me about it saying I was crazy until his last appt when they did the X-ray...then he could see it himself. No matter what he does or how he sits or stands it stays tilted to the side. Even on the times he takes off his collar. Is this something normal or usual? Would appreciate any thoughts!


  • Muscle spasms in the neck can pull the head to the side or turn it. It is a condition that can become chronic and is something that is best investigated by a neurologist or neuromuscular specialist. Sometimes it can be temporary and will resolve with physical therapy, sometimes it requires anti-spasmotic medications to relax the muscle locked in spasm enough to allow physical therapy to work.

    Please make certain that your husband's doc and surgeon are aware of this. The earlier on that it is treated, the easier it is.

    The key though is proper evaluation and identification. There can be numerous causes, some with easy fixes, some not so easy. How far out from surgery is your husband and what surgery did he have done?

  • He had C5-C7 ACDF November 27th. Surgery was done at VA Hospital and each follow up was with a nurse-haven't had him see his surgeon at any appt. He went through a civilian hospital with his L5-S1 surgery in 2000 and saw his surgeon weekly after that one for 2 months. This is a lot different. Goes back Feb 2 so maybe he will see the actual doctor then. Thanks for the info.
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