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Torticollis in Infants

Torticollis is a condition of the neck that arises when a major muscle called the sternocleidomastoid “SCM” becomes physically shortened or excessively contracted. This shortening creates tension that pulls the head and holds it in a fixed tilted position. In newborns, it is thought that torticollis occurs because of trauma during delivery, or because of a malpositioned head while in the womb. Insufficient ‘tummy time’ can also contribute to the development of torticollis in babies. Importantly, there are additional causes of torticollis that should be ruled out by a physician or paediatrician before pursuing physiotherapy for your newborn.

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About the Author:

Lindsay Davey, PT, MScPT, MSc, CAFCI, CDT
Clinic Director

Lindsay is a Registered Physiotherapist and Clinic Director of Toronto Physiotherapy. Lindsay and her team of Registered Physiotherapists have had great success treating Torticollis in infants.

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