Infantile Torticollis Treatment

Infantile Torticollis Treatment

Torticollis is a condition that is unusual in infants and involves shortening/tightening of one of the neck muscles called the sternocleidomastoid. Shortening of this muscle causes the head to tilt toward the affected side and rotate in the opposite direction. For example, a left Torticollis would cause the child's head to tilt to the left and rotate to the right.

If your infant has been diagnosed with Torticollis, Physical Therapy treatment can be beneficial in restoring normal motion of the neck. You will learn specific handling techniques that will help to naturally allow your child to regain motion through gentle stretching and purposeful movements. We have experience in treating this condition with positive outcomes for many years.

Treatments for Torticollis

  • Parent education
  • Range of motion exercises
  • Positioning
  • Passive stretching
  • Purposeful play designed to integrate specific movements and behaviors

More information can be obtained at:

  1. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  2. Instructions for stretching a left sternocleidomastoid Torticollis
  3. Instructions for stretching a right sternocleidomastoid Torticollis