Torticollis/Pediatric Conditions

  • We Specialize in the Treatment of Torticollis

    Torticollis is a rare condition in newborns and involves the shortening/tightening of one of the neck muscles called the sternocleidomastoid. Shortening of this muscle causes the head to be tilted toward the affected side and rotate in the opposite direction.

    For example, a left Torticollis would cause the child’s head to tilt to the left and rotate to the right.

    What Causes Torticollis?

    The cause of infant Torticollis is typically a traumatic childbirth or prolonged malpositioning within the womb.

    The sternocleidomastoid muscle may become damaged and scarred during childbirth, which causes a shortening (also known as a contracture) of the muscle. Abnormal shortening of the muscle during child development within the womb is also a reported cause of this condition.

    The result of this condition is a child that may experience the following:

    • Weakness
    • Difficulty rotating the head and interacting with the environment
    • Balance problems
    • Poor spatial awareness
    • Delayed development

    Because prolonged rotation of the head may occur with Torticollis, an abnormal shape of the child’s head may occur as well. This condition is called plagiocephaly.

    Possible Treatments for Torticollis

    Physical therapy is a common intervention for congenital Torticollis. Treatment typically involves:

    • Parent education
    • Range of motion exercises
    • Positioning
    • Passive stretching
    • Purposeful play designed to integrate specific movements and behaviors

    If Your Child Needs Help, Don’t Hesitate to Contacts Us At (718) 746-8757 For More Information

    More information can be obtained at:

    1. Wikipedia – Torticollis
    2. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
    3. Instructions for stretching a left sternocleidomastoid Torticollis
    4. Instructions for stretching a right sternocleidomastoid Torticollis

  • There are a number of pediatric diagnoses that can benefit from the services of our highly trained pediatric physical therapists.

    Pediatric physical therapy is a specialized area of rehabilitation care that deals with both congenital (conditions children are born with) and non-congenital diagnoses.

    Here is a partial list of the conditions that we have experience treating:

    • Brachial Plexus Injury
    • Cerebral Palsy
    • Developmental Delays
    • Dysfunction Of Sensory Integration
    • Orthopedic Conditions
    • Plagiocephaly
    • Scoliosis
    • Torticollis

    Holistic Approach to Rehabilitation

    Initially, our pediatric specialists thoroughly evaluate, listen and work with you, your child, and referring physician to determine the most important goals for your child.
    Working as a team is truly essential to your child’s success. Weekly sessions involving you and your child coupled with individualized instruction on activities that will help your child reach their full potential and specific treatment goals.

    We Encourage You to Contact Us to Learn More About Our Pediatric Physical Therapy Services.

    Give us a call today at (718) 746-8757