“Torticollis,” also called wryneck, is the Latin word for "twisted column,” or “collar." This condition, which most often occurs in newborns and infants under two months of age, is characterized by a baby’s head unnaturally tilting to one side and a difficulty in turning his or her neck from side to side or up and down. Sometimes, one side of the baby’s face and head looks flattened due to the child favoring the same side of the head. This is a commonly overlooked cause of breastfeeding difficulty. The baby appears to “prefer” breastfeeding on one side because he or she has trouble turning his or her head to feed on one side.
Torticollis in newborns is frequently caused by poor positioning in the womb or trauma incurred during birth. A baby’s skull is designed to be pliable in order to pass through the birth canal. However, in some instances, their heads get stuck, which can cause excessive molding of the cranial bones and injury to the spinal accessory nerve that is integral to neck muscle functioning. Torticollis is most common in large babies, difficult deliveries and in C-section or breech deliveries. It also often occurs in conjunction with congenital hip dislocation. Less often, torticollis in the result of an injury, infection, or congenital malformation of the neck.
The practice has had incredible results in restoring symmetry and health to babies suffering from torticollis. The doctors here always begins with a thorough examination of the child and questions parents in-depth about the pregnancy, baby’s birth, and postnatal course. They may also request imaging tests, such as x-rays and ultrasound scans of the child's neck and/or hips. Most often, treatment for torticollis involves osteopathic manipulation treatment of the cervical spine (neck), the occipital-atlantal joint (between the first and second vertebra), the upper ribs, and the back, base and sides of the skull. Everyone is different but in most cases, torticollis can be totally corrected. The length of treatment will vary with the severity of the spasm. In addition, other symptoms associated with torticollis. Feeding difficulties, constipation, sleeping difficulties) also resolve as the range of motion improves.
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