Our Occupational Therapy Department at Sonoran Sun Pediatric Therapy can help treat children with Torticollis. Infant Torticollis, also known as “wry neck” or “loxia,” occurs when a baby’s neck is twisted, resulting in the head tilting to one side while the chin points upwards. In newborns, Torticollis can happen due to positioning in the womb or after a difficult childbirth. This is called Infant Torticollis or Congenital Muscular Torticollis (CMT). It happens when your child’s neck muscles are especially tight on one side, or if something has caused scarring on one side of the neck. The tight muscles or scarring can cause your child’s head to tilt to one side.
Torticollis is relatively common in newborns. Boys and girls are equally likely to develop the head tilt. If you infant has a difficult time turning their head to one side but not the other side, this could be a sign of Torticollis. Infants with Torticollis may also have developed flat spots on their head (Plagiocephaly) or have Facial Asymmetry meaning their ears may be at unequal levels or it may appear that one of their eyes is more pronounced then the other.
If your infant does have Torticollis your doctor may teach you how to do stretches at home with your infant. It is also recommended that you receive an Occupational Therapy Evaluation for your child to help treat their Torticollis. The good news is that through intensive therapy (typically 2-3 times per week), Torticollis can typically be treated. The sooner you are able to come in the better when it comes to Torticollis treatment.