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Do you know if recovery possible with congenital torticollis?

Do you know if recovery possible with congenital torticollis?

Yes: Recovery is possible with congential torticollis. Most of the time, intensive physical therapy and/or occupational therapy is all that is needed. Rarely is surgery indicated and that is only reserved for those who are not improved with pt/ot. ...Read more

Dr. Henry Sondheimer
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Torticollis (Definition)

Torticollis is a condition in which the neck is twisted abnormally to one side. The head is tilted in one direction, while the chin is turned to the other. Torticollis may either be inherited or may arise from neck trauma or the ...Read more


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How does one get congenital torticollis (head tilted to the left)?

How does one get congenital torticollis (head tilted to the left)?

Birth trauma...etc.: Congenital torticollis is thought to be due to injury of the sternocleidomastoid muscle during birth or during the baby's time in the womb. The exact cause is unclear, however. It manifests in infancy but may not be diagnosed until adolescence or even adulthood. ...Read more

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My infant son was diagnosed with congenital torticollis. Could this be a symptom of something more serious?

My infant son was diagnosed with congenital torticollis. Could this be a symptom of something more serious?

Depends: This is usually quite evident on the initial newborn exam.The baby can be folded into a distorted position that they do not find uncomfortable, that includes neck,jaw and other facial changes.It usually reflects distorted position in the womb. Infants with abnormal neck vertebrae can have a similar appearance, but the exam differs.Some infants acquire torticolas from birth trauma. ...Read more

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Do you know if recovery possible with congenital torticollis?

Yes: Recovery is possible with congential torticollis. Most of the time, intensive physical therapy and/or occupational therapy is all that is needed. Rarely is surgery indicated and that is only reserved for those who are not improved with pt/ot. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is congenital torticollis?

Torticollis: Congenital torticollis represents a wry neck where the sternocleido mastoid muscle may be shortened at birth. ...Read more

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How does one get congenital torticollis (head tilted to the left)?

Birth trauma...etc.: Congenital torticollis is thought to be due to injury of the sternocleidomastoid muscle during birth or during the baby's time in the womb. The exact cause is unclear, however. It manifests in infancy but may not be diagnosed until adolescence or even adulthood. ...Read more

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My infant son was diagnosed with congenital torticollis. Could this be a symptom of something more serious?

Depends: This is usually quite evident on the initial newborn exam.The baby can be folded into a distorted position that they do not find uncomfortable, that includes neck,jaw and other facial changes.It usually reflects distorted position in the womb. Infants with abnormal neck vertebrae can have a similar appearance, but the exam differs.Some infants acquire torticolas from birth trauma. ...Read more

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Doc, i want to know what is the best way to treat congenital torticollis?

Torticollis: Time and gentle stretching, if ok'd by your pediatrician and orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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Dr. Adam Hebb
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Spasmodic Torticollis (Definition)

Spasmodic torticollis is the sudden contraction of one of the neck muscles, causing a person to turn his head to one side. This may be due to neurological diseases, a simple cramp in the neck muscle, or a side ...Read more