Infant Torticollis

What is Infant Torticollis?

Infant torticollis is the fixed head tilt in a child or infant to one side. Infant torticollis is the over contracture of the sternocleidomastoid muscle (SCM) on one side compared to the other.  Usually in minor cases it’s due from child positioning inside the mother’s womb. Other causes are due to a breech delivery or other birth trauma resulting in a hematoma or fibrous mass in the SCM.

How do You Treat Infant Torticollis?

90% of these cases resolve with proper stretching, therapy and chiropractic care to accelerate the resolution. Rashad Trabulsi DC has treated this on a number of occasions with great success.

If unresolved, surgery is recommended to release the SCM, it should be delayed for at least 1 to 2 years.  Also, it is important to get an ultrasound or radiograph of the pelvis (after the child is 10 weeks old) to determine whether there is an associated hip dysplasia.  In the differential list of possibilities, it is important to rule out other possible causes including infection and spinal cord tumor prior to diagnosing the benign form.

Rashad Trabulsi DC, Dip, Ac. and James Yu L.Ac have put together a group of highly trained and professional individuals who can work alone in their specific scope.  However, these professionals are best utilized in our integrative model of care, which joins all their unique skills together to provide better care and faster relief. This model of care is comprised of a holistic Chiropractic approach that utilizes advanced physiotherapy modalities, therapeutic exercises, nutrition, traction decompression and joint manipulative techniques.  We use Chinese herbs and Acupuncture to address such issues as nerve problems and arthritic pain.  Dr. Trabulsi selectively picks medical massage therapists that are highly skilled and trained to work closely with the doctors and acupuncturist to enhance therapeutic approaches and to support the overall treatment plan. All services are provided at both the Brooklyn Heights and Midtown Manhattan locations.