Torticollis

Have Concerns About Torticollis?

TEIS therapists can help.
Are you concerned about your child?  TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS.
Call us at 412-271-8347 or use the contact form below.
Torticollis Support Group

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Does your infant…

  • Prefer to keep her head turned or tilted to one side?
  • Seem uncomfortable or hesitant when you turn his head to the opposite side?
  • Fuss more when you hold him on one side verses the other during feeding and carrying?
  • Seem to have one eye slightly smaller than the other?  One ear higher than the other? One cheek more full?
  • Have a flat spot on one side of her head? Does she tend to roll into that flat spot when she lies on her back?

 

If you answer YES to one or more of these questions and are concerned about your child’s development, please contact your pediatrician or call 412-271-8347 (TEIS).

What is Torticollis?

Torticollis is Latin for "twisted neck."

Torticollis is most often due to the tightness in the muscle that connects the breastbone and the collarbone to the skull on one side.  This tightness might have developed for multiple reasons, most commonly because of the way the baby was positioned in the uterus or because the muscles were damaged during delivery.

A physician may also diagnose an infant with plagiocephaly, an abnormal shape of the head. Plagiocephaly may start to develop before birth due to pressure from the mother's pelvis or from multiple fetuses crowding in the womb.

Additionally, positional plagiocephaly can develop as a result of constant pressure being placed on one area of the thin and flexible skull of an infant.

A significant increase in cases of plagiocephaly is in part due to prolonged time spent in car seats, swings, bouncy seats and other plastic equipment.

Medical issues can also play a part in causing torticollis and plagiocephaly.

Why Early Intervention?

  • Muscle tightness associated with torticollis requires a shorter course of intervention. The sooner intervention occurs the faster the correction.
  • Most cases of plagiocephaly can be resolved with an early, conservative intervention approach.

Why Choose TEIS?

A TEIS Physical Therapist will come to your home or other natural setting to work with your child.

Your therapist and you will establish goals specific to your child's needs.  These may include:

  • Environmental modifications
  • Positioning and Handling
  • Stretches and Strengthening Exercises

Your TEIS Physical Therapist will collaborate with you to determine which routines and naturally occurring learning opportunities will help your child overcome torticollis and plagiocephaly.

Your TEIS Physical Therapist will engage you in your baby's therapy, ensuring you are confident and able to implement suggestions into your family and child's daily routines.

You know your child better than anyone - your baby will be most comfortable with your involvement.