Does your child seem to have an abnormal head or neck position? This condition is torticollis. Torticollis may be painful and can result in the permanent shortening of the muscles that are involved. Fortunately, physical therapy can not only relieve the associated head and neck pain, but it can also improve range of motion. Call your closest Merrimack Valley Physical Therapy location to schedule your consultation.
The word torticollis literally means “twisted neck”. There are typically two types of this condition – congenital, meaning present at birth, and acquired, meaning it is caused by an incident or accident. For some children, torticollis happens in the womb in the weeks before birth where the head and neck are positioned at an odd angle. Other children are born with the condition because of difficulties during delivery, a decreased blood supply to the neck muscles, muscular fibrosis or congenital spine anomalies.
If you or your child is experiencing painful, incorrect positioning of the head or neck, contact our team of physical therapists today to schedule an evaluation. Our physical therapy staff can do an evaluation and provide you with a customized treatment plan designed to treat your torticollis.