Babies born with congenital torticollis have limited mobility in their necks, causing their heads to tilt to one side. But with treatment — stretching and strengthening exercises, for instance — most infants with congenital torticollis regain full head and neck mobility within months. A baby with torticollis has a misaligned neck, which in turn causes her head to tip to one side and her chin to point in the opposite direction. Congenital torticollis is most often caused when the muscle that runs along both sides of the neck the sternocleidomastoid muscle, or SCM for short is strained, causing it to contract and shorten. In very rare cases, congenital torticollis may be caused by an underlying condition such as a spinal abnormality, dwarfism, or a bone-growth disorder. Since this condition is commonly caused by a cramped fetal position, larger babies or twins sharing space in utero may be at higher risk for developing torticollis.
Please understand that our phone lines must be clear for urgent medical care needs. When this changes, we will update this web site. Please know that our vaccine supply is extremely small. Torticollis, also known as wryneck, is a twisting of the neck that causes the head to rotate and tilt at an odd angle. Congenital muscular torticollis is more likely to happen in firstborn children. This may also be accompanied by a congenital hip dislocation. Additional causes may include:.
You need your neck muscles working properly in order to be able to move it in all its directions. The neck muscles are connected to the bones through tendon insertions. If you overexert your neck or injure it, you can do damage to your muscles and this can result in a decreased range of motion about the neck.
My 13 month old daughter has been receiving physical therapy since she was 3 weeks old for a "mild" case of torticollis. She still sits with her head in a tilt and is Has anyone heard if there is a link between metfomin used while pregnant and torticollis in an infant? I have pcos and used metformin to help with ovulation. After