What is it?
Torticollis (pronounced tort-ee-collis) and plagiocephaly (pronounced play-geo-cephaly) are common and treatable problems with the neck and head.
Torticollis is a twisted neck causing the head to tilt to one side, while the chin is turned the other way. There may be uncontrolled spasms in the neck muscles.
Plagiocephaly is the flattening of one side of the skull, so that head shape is asymmetrical.
What causes it?
Torticollis can be congenital (present at birth) or acquired (occurring later in infancy). The exact cause for most Torticollis cases is unknown however many doctors believe it could be related to cramping of the fetus in utero.
Plagiocephaly is caused when the infant’s growing head is pressed on one side, either in the womb, or after delivery when the baby’s head is pressed against a flat resting surface.
Torticollis responds well to Physiotherapy, specifically stretching and exercises.
Plagiocephaly is treated by repositioning the baby to reduce the pressure on the affected area of the head. Sometimes helmets can be used to protect the baby’s head.
Sometimes Torticollis could be associated with more serious health issues so a full check-up is advisable.
Looking down the road
Once treated Torticollis and Plagiocephaly should have no lasting effects.