What is torticollis?
Torticollis is a persistent twisting of the neck due to problems in the muscles responsible for neck movement.
Author: Chay Goebel
First answered: 10 Jul 2015
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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With torticollis, the head is tilted to the side with the chin pointing the other way. The neck may be painful, hard to move and rotate, and the neck muscles are stiff and swollen. It is usually first noticed when waking from sleep.
Torticollis can be present from birth (congenital) or develop later in life (acquired). Torticollis can be the result of Injury or inflammation of the muscles that control the neck (the trapezius and sternocleidomastoid), infections, or a variety of spine and …
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Torticollis can be diagnosed from a physical examination. An imaging technique, such as an ultrasound, may also assist with the diagnosis.
Torticollis is normally treated with physiotherapy. A doctor can demonstrate special stretching exercises that will normally help to relieve torticollis. A neck brace (cervical collar) can stabilize the neck and help maintain correct posture. For infections and …
Torticollis can often go away naturally. However, in infants it is best to treat it promptly to avoid any complications.
There is not much you can do to prevent torticollis, other than maintaining a good sleep posture and trying not to strain your neck. If torticollis appears in your child, treating it early will help relieve it faster and prevent the condition from worsening.