Torticollis Assessment

The effects of torticollis can affect posture and freedom of head movement during maturing developmental skills resulting in abnormal movement patterns and developmental delays. It is imperative that the baby is diagnosed and treated at the youngest age possible. It is never too early to begin therapy for torticollis.

Our therapists will initially do an assessment which includes:

A thorough birth history

Evaluating the muscle length and range of motion in the neck

Assess muscle strength in the neck and body

Check for asymmetries throughout the body

Check for ‘other’  orthopedic concerns such as hip dysplasia

Assess gross motor skills

Assess head/skull/face for asymmetries or plagiocephaly

Treatment recommendations may include:

Physical therapy
Occupational therapy
Referral to a  pediatric orthopedist
Referral to an orthotist if helmet is needed for plagiocephaly.
Parent education in positioning and exercises

Why it is important to have torticollis treated:

Prevent a permanent shortening of the tight neck muscles
Avoid the need for surgery
Reduce the risk of development delays
With therapy at an early age, the majority of children recover with no long term issues
 

Why PPOT?

Our therapists have completed special training in the evaluation and treatment of torticollis

 

Our therapists work closely with the physician to develop a comprehensive treatment plan

 

We work very closely with several orthotists to develop the correct helmet, if needed

 

No waiting lists, treatment available quickly

One on one treatment for you and your child

Patient/family centered approach

Torticollis can be quite distressing to the parents and baby. Our physical therapists can provide a thorough assessment and treatment plan to reduce the effects of torticollis and developmental delays as quickly as possible.

For more information on torticollis, please follow this link.

 


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