My PT has recommended I look into surgery to relieve my torticollis. My torticolllis is congenital and seems to be caused by a short/tight SCM on my left side. PT/stretching/botox has seemed to plateau. Do you perform this surgery or recommend a place? I am currently 34 years old and live in Casper, WY. Thanks
Release of the SCM muscle (either by lengthening it or cutting the origin) is something I am not experienced with. I would advise a plastic surgeon or a facial plastic surgeon (an ENT surgeon who went through a plastics fellowship). Since you are older compared to the typical patient (who is often younger when the disorder is discovered and treated), you might need to see an individual who also sees adolescents. Just find someone who has performed plenty of these releases as this is an art as well as a science.
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Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.