Hear All
About It

What's Happening
Around the Corner

Monday, 17 November 2014 00:00

Torticollis in Babies


Torticollis is the name given to the condition when a baby has tightness on one side of their neck that leads to a head tilt to one side with a neck rotation to the opposite side. The reported incident rate of congenital muscular torticollis is 0.3-2% (1). Infants who have torticollis typically lie with their neck bent to one side and their face turned to the opposite side. They often have difficulty turning their head from one side to the other. This may lead to a flattening of the back or one side of the head. Infants with torticollis may also favor use of one hand over the other and have difficulty lifting their head during tummy time.

Torticollis causes may be congenital, with possible malposition of the baby's neck in the womb, malformation of the neck muscles or bones, or the result of birth trauma. It may also be acquired after birth due to positioning when awake or sleeping. Torticollis is treated early on by a physical therapist that will work with the infant and family in treatment sessions on a weekly basis. The therapist will provide education on specific positioning, stretching and strengthening techniques to promote proper gross motor development. The child is typically treated in therapy for 6-12 weeks, depending on age and severity. The majority (>90%) of infants with torticollis achieve good to excellent outcomes with therapeutic treatment(2).


1. Cheng JC, Tang SP, Chen TM. Sternocleidomastoid pseudotumor and congenital muscular torticollis in infants: a prospective study of 510 cases. J Pediatr. 1999; 134(6):712-716.
2. Cheng, J.C.; Tang, S.P.; Chen,T.M.; Wong, M. W.; and Wong, E.M.: The clinical presentation and outcome of treatment of congenital muscular torticollis in infants- a study of 1,086 cases. J Pediatric Surg. 35(7): 1091-6, 2000, [C].

Latest News & Events

Highlight on Autism

CTC is recognized as an in-network/preferred provider of autism therapeutic services for all major insurance companies.

Learn More...

CTC at a Glance

  • What We Do +

    • We specialize in quality therapeutic services for children with physical, sensory, cognitive and communication needs.

    • We educate parents on their child's needs in order to effectuate the therapeutic process in home and community.

    • We use a multi-disciplinary team approach to collaborate on an effective therapeutic care plan.

    • We focus on achieving maximal independent function that carries into the child's world.

  • Areas of Treatment +

    Children's Therapy Corner's service areas include:

    • Autism Spectrum Disorders
    • Traumatic Brain Injury
    • Neuromuscular Disorders
    • Perceptual Deficits
    • Developmental Delays
    • Premature and High-Risk Infants
    • Feeding Difficulties
    • Fine Motor Problems
    • Apraxia Impairments
    • Sensory Processing
    • Therapeutic Listening

  • Program Targets +

    At Children's Therapy Corner, the results of assessments and evaluations provide individualized programs and specific targets. Developmental goals include:

    • Activities of Daily Living
    • Environmental Modifications
    • Socialization
    • Adaptation Options
    • Specific Skill Development

  • Specialized Programs +

    • P.L.A.Y. Project Home Consulting
    • Aquatic Therapy
    • Therapeutic Listening
    • Music Programs and Groups
    • Sensory Integration Education
    • Monthly Parent Education Workshops 

  • Support Services +

    Beyond hands-on therapies, Children's Therapy Corner offers many support programs and services, all taking into account the unique needs of children and their families.

    • No-Charge Initial Consultation
    • Direct Assessment
    • Trans-Disciplinary Team Assessment
    • Screenings
    • Financial Arrangement Support
    • Community Reintegration Planning
    • Individual Child Sessions
    • School Consultations
    • Educational Programs for Families
    • Community Awareness
    • Resource Materials
    • Home Programs

  • 1

CTC Shared Values

  • Treat Others with Uncompromising Truth
  • Lavish Trust on Your Associates
  • Mentor Unselfishly
  • Be Receptive to New Ideas, Regardless of Their Origin
  • Take Personal Risks for the Organization
  • Give Credit Where It’s Due
  • Do Not Touch Dishonest Dollars
  • Put the Interests of Others Before Your Own

Learn More...