Torticollis or plagiocephaly

Torticollis means “twisted neck” and plagiocephaly means “twisted skull”, from the Latin language. An infant with torticollis typically will have a head tilting to one side with its chin rotated slightly to the opposite side.  There are many different causes of torticollis in infants, but Congenital and Acquired Muscular Torticollis are the most commonly treated in physiotherapy. Congenital Muscular Torticollis (CMT) is present at birth and the cause is still unknown. Acquired Muscular Torticollis (AMT) can occur suddenly from a trauma or infection. With physiotherapy intervention in the first year of life, 90%-100% of infants with CMT will no longer have any symptoms after 12 months of age (Luxford et al, 2009).

For more information on our pediatric physiotherapy services, please email Kim.