Torticollis Treatment for Infants and Children


Torticollis (also called congenital muscular torticollis [CMT]) is a condition that causes a baby's head and neck to tilt to one side and affects about 2% of newborns. The telltale symptom is that the baby holds his/her head to one side and has limited neck movement. Sometimes the baby may have a small bump on the side of the neck. Torticollis is usually diagnosed within the first two months of a baby's life because even if parents don't spot it, a pediatrician will. Pediatricians commonly refer to a physical therapist for treatment to lengthen and stretch the tight neck muscles.

At MOSAIC, our physical therapists that treat Torticollis, have completed advanced training in the diagnosis, assessment and treatment of congenital torticollis. Their training includes coursework on the use of bracing and cranial orthosis as well as strategies for the development of organized and symmetrical postural responses, strength and flexibility during play.