Cervical Dystonia

Cervical Dystonia Specialist in Tampa

What is Cervical Dystonia?

Cervical dystonia, also called spasmodic torticollis is a medical condition in which the neck muscles involuntarily contract. This causes the head to twist and/or turn, and can make the head thrust forward and tilt backward, sometimes uncontrollably. This can be painful at times.

What Symptoms Does Cervical Dystonia Cause?

If the condition is mild to moderate, the only symptoms patients may experience are some discomfort or stiffness in the neck. In severe cases the spasms turn and tilt the head uncontrollably.

What Causes Cervical Dystonia?

Most of of the time the cause is unknown. At times, shoulder, neck, or head injuries, or certain anti-psychotic and anti-nausea medications can cause cervical dystonia.

How is Cervical Dystonia Diagnosed?

Cervical dystonia is diagnosed on the symptoms patients have and a physical examination by the doctor. MRI or EMG (electromyogram) tests are sometimes ordered to rule out any other underlying causes.

How is Cervical Dystonia Treated?

Mild cases usually resolve on their own. Moderate to severe cases are managed with FDA approved Botox® injections. Cervical dystonia caused by medications usually resolve after stopping the medications.

Why Chose Dr. Kalava?

Unlike other physicians Dr. Kalava uses Ultrasound guidance to precisely place Botox® in the affected muscles.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Ketamine is an anesthetic medication. It is a schedule 3 dissociative anesthetic, which has shown promising antidepressant effects that are both rapid and robust. It has been safely used for years as the ideal anesthetic in hospital and medical settings. When used under medical supervision, studies have shown ketamine infusions to have significant effects in healing treatment-resistant depression. It is on the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines because of its safety and efficacy for anesthesia.

More recently, ketamine has been discovered as a safe and effective treatment for depression, and randomized controlled trials have shown rapid improvement in mood as well as reduction in suicidality compared to people who receive a placebo or another drug. Ketamine has the ability to go to work right away, unlike most antidepressants, which take weeks, sometimes months, to provide relief.

Ketamine infusion therapy is an IV procedure performed in-office by Dr. Kalava. Dr. Kalava & his associates will monitor your response and level of consciousness throughout the infusion.

Please contact our office to discuss Ketamine Infusion Therapy, and see if it is right for you.

The most important factors when choosing a ketamine provider are the doctor’s experience and commitment to providing safe, compassionate care. Dr. Kalava is the nation’s leading practitioner of ketamine infusion therapy and is a recognized expert in the field of anesthesiology.

[Scientific articles on Ketamine published by Dr. Kalava: Article 1 & Article 2 ]

Every patient is unique and deserves special care. Whether determining dose, infusion duration, the number of initial infusions, or the interval between return visits, we make individual assessments and structure ketamine treatments to match each patient’s response and unique needs.

Low dose ketamine is administered by Dr. Kalava, who is a Double Board Certified, Mayo Clinic fellowship trained Anesthesiologist. Ketamine, as we know, is an anesthetic and is best administered under the constant vigilance of a qualified anesthesiologist.

Depending on the medical condition being treated, IV ketamine can be administered over 1 minute, 40 minutes, one hour, or 4 hours. The actual type of treatment will be discussed with you during your initial consultation. The number of infusions and duration of ketamine therapy varies and is individualized. An average of 6-8 treatments are required for a good clinical response.

There are a handful of studies since 2014 that show promising results in managing symptoms from PTSD after ketamine infusion. (Study 1) (Study 2)(Study 3).

Mild psychotomimetic (confusion, hallucinations) effects, increase in heart rate, blood pressure, mild headache, and nausea are possible in some patients and are usually well tolerated.