How is torticollis treated?
At the Spine Program at Children’s Hospital Colorado, our neck and spine experts will give you specific exercises and suggestions to stretch your baby’s muscles to help relieve torticollis. These include:
- Place your baby in his or her crib facing a wall away from interesting objects, which encourages the infant to move the head to see them.
- Carry your child with his or her face away from yours, which will encourage the infant to move the head to face you.
- Turn and bend your baby’s head slowly and hold the stretch. Do this with every diaper change to provide many opportunities to stretch the neck.
- If breastfeeding the child, turn him or her from side to side, so that he or she must turn the neck to reach the breast and feed.
Most babies with torticollis get better on their own through position changes and stretching exercises. The condition might take up to six months to go away completely, though in some cases it can take up to a year or longer.
Your doctor at Children’s Colorado may also prescribe physical therapy for your child. Surgery is a last option that is only reserved for a time when the muscle does not improve with conservative treatment and needs to be released and lengthened.
Why choose our Spine Program for the treatment of your infant’s torticollis?
The Spine Program at Children’s Hospital Colorado evaluates and treats infants, children, adolescents and young adults with all types of neck and spinal conditions, deformities and injuries, ranging from torticollis to complex neuromuscular disease and trauma. Our spine team is among the most knowledgeable pediatric spine care teams in the country.
For the most basic to the most complex neck and spinal conditions, our goal is to always provide the safest and most effective treatments, often beginning with non-surgical options. However, if surgery is the only option, we offer innovative approaches from experienced surgeons who perform more than 200 pediatric spine procedures each year.