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XEOMIN® - Signs and Symptoms of Cervical Dystonia

Living As An Adult With Cervical Dystonia

Merz is committed to helping adult patients manage their cervical dystonia

When you have cervical dystonia, it can often feel like your body is no longer under your control. What may start as just a twitch in the neck can lead to uncontrollable muscle contractions, causing your head to be pulled into an abnormal and uncomfortable position. This discomfort may be not only physical but emotional as well. It can feel like you have lost some of your freedom.

But it’s important to know that when it comes to treatment for adults with cervical dystonia, you have options. Talk to your doctor so you can decide together on the treatment that’s right for you.

Signs and symptoms

Adults with cervical dystonia experience some or all of the symptoms below1:

Symptoms of cervical dystonia tend to get worse during the first 5 years, but then often become stable.2

Possible muscles involved in cervical dystonia

There are 4 common types of head movement with adults with cervical dystonia1

Types of head movement with adults with cervical dystonia


  1. Jankovic J. Treatment of cervical dystonia. In: Brin MF, Comella CL, Jankovic J, eds. Dystonia: Etiology, Clinical Features, and Treatment. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2004:159-166.
  2. Tarsy D. Dystonia. In: Adler CH, Ahlskog JE, eds. Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders: Diagnosis and Treatment Guidelines for the Practicing Physician. Totowa, NJ: Humana Press; 2000:297-311.