Pediatric Torticollis

Congenital Muscular Torticollis is a pediatric condition characterized by a neck postural deformity. At Crux Sport & Spine in St. George, Utah, we specialize in treating this condition. Infants with torticollis struggle to turn their heads in specific directions, actively avoiding such movements.

About Pediatric Torticollis

Congenital muscular torticollis is a postural condition commonly detected in newborns or shortly after birth. It manifests as neck rotation and lateral flexion, resulting from tightened neck muscles and decreased range of motion. At our facility, we specialize in effectively addressing this condition and converting leads into scheduled appointments.

Infants with torticollis encounter challenges when attempting to rotate their heads in specific directions, often avoiding such motions. This restricted head movement can lead to feeding difficulties and general fussiness in the baby.

While the exact cause of torticollis remains unknown, it may stem from abnormal positioning during pregnancy (such as crowding) or birth-related factors (such as vacuum or forceps usage, or trauma to the neck muscles). The sternocleidomastoid (SCM) muscle, which connects the collarbone to the head, is commonly affected in this pediatric condition. Tightening of the SCM muscle leads to limited head range of motion and an imbalance in the neck muscles. If left untreated, torticollis can result in head flattening, facial asymmetry, and even scoliosis. Our dedicated team aims to prevent such complications by providing comprehensive treatment for this condition.

Signs & Symptoms of Torticollis

  • Head tilts to one side, and the chin points to the opposite shoulder
  • Difficulty nursing due to the inability to rotate head fully to feed
  • Head may flatten because the child always has their head in a particular position
  • Tight musculature around the front of the neck
  • Irritability due to pain and the inability to turn their head

Your Visit With us

At Crux Sport & Spine, we prioritize the health of your child above all else. Our approach to care is centered around utilizing safe, gentle, and highly effective techniques. Dr. Kati Smith, our esteemed Pediatric Specialist, employs low-force chiropractic techniques to assess and provide the best possible care for your infant.

In addition to chiropractic treatments, we offer gentle soft tissue mobilizations and exercises that promote movement and mobility, facilitating the restoration of your baby’s range of motion. We firmly believe that you, as a parent, play a crucial role in your infant’s well-being, which is why we involve you extensively in our treatment plans.

Our dedicated St. George Pediatric Chiropractor ensures that you are equipped with the necessary knowledge and guidance to continue supporting your child’s progress at home. This may include teaching you stretches, exercises, or recommending lifestyle modifications that can aid in your infant’s recovery and development. We are committed to providing comprehensive care that extends beyond our clinic walls, empowering you to actively participate in your child’s healing journey.

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