- A painful condition that is characterized by involuntary contraction of the muscles on one side of your neck (typically the sternocleidomastoid) and limited cervical range of motion.
- Torticollis can occur at any age but is seen most often in infants or adults between the ages of 40-70.
- The cause of Torticollis is unknown in most adult cases. Cases of Torticollis in infants can often be attributed to improper positioning.
- Traumas to the neck or spine, infection, tumors, and certain drugs (neuroleptic class drugs, amphetamines, and cocaine) have been linked to Torticollis.
- An individual is more likely to develop Torticollis if they are between the ages of 40-70, female, or has a family history of Torticollis.
Signs & Symptoms
- Head involuntarily turned to one side (can be rotated, flexed, extended, or a combination).
- Neck Pain, Shoulder pain, Headaches, muscle tightness
- Facial asymmetry, plagiocephaly (flattening of the head)
- Depression, decreased ability to turn head for tasks such as driving and other daily activities.
- Diagnosed based on presence of signs and symptoms and ruling out fracture or dislocation with use of X-rays.
- The goal in treating Torticollis is to relax the muscles that are contracting and causing the problem. This is typically done with a combination of medication, botulinum injections, and PHYSICAL THERAPY.
- Physical Therapy can include soft tissue mobilization, stretching, electrical stimulation, strengthening exercises, heat, and other modalities to improve pain levels and functional ability.
- The overall prognosis for Torticollis is good, but several factors can come into play including the underlying cause and the length of time experiencing symptoms.
Our physical therapists treat torticollis in children and adults in the Clermont 34711 and Ocoee 34761 areas.