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    Posted: Jul 08 2008 at 9:16pm

concerned mom

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Posted - 05/13/2006 :  20:25:58  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My 10-month old son seems to have a problem with his neck and head. His head tilts to the side, and he seems to look only toward one direction. I asked my pediatrician and she said it may be "Torticollis". She suggested Physical Therapy. What is torticollis and how can PT help?

amanda

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Posted - 05/15/2006 :  15:07:10  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Concerned mom,
Torticollis (meaning twisting of the neck)is a condition that can occur in infants where there is wrying of the neck in relationship to the head. There are many causes for torticollis with "congenital muscular torticollis" being the most common form. With this condition a muscle in the neck, called the stenocleidomastoid, has shortened which results in the infant holding his/her head to one side with the chin pointing to the opposite side. Physical therapists can help an infant with this condition by performing stretches and encouraging parents to facilitate postural and positional adjustments with day to day activities. If this condition is not treated, the head/neck position can become permanent and result in flattening of the head/face of the infant on the involved side. From what you have posted it sounds like you should follow your physician's advise and consult with a physical therapist as soon as possible. The sooner this is taken care of the better the outcome for your infant.
Amanda

Also check out http://www.torticolliskids.org/ for more info.

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