Physical Therapy Expert Melissa Prestipino, DPT: Torticollis


Make text smaller Make text larger



Photos



  • Melissa Prestipino, DPT



What is Torticollis? Can Physical Therapy help that condition?


“Congenital Muscular Torticollis “ is a Unilateral contracture of the sternocleidomastoid muscles in the neck (Campbell, 1995). Some theories for the cause of Torticollis are that it results from intrauterine or perinatal compartment syndrome. Multiple births (twin, triplets) commonly result in a child with torticollis.

The child with Torticollis presents with the head tilted to the side of the shortened sternocleidomastoid muscle (SCM) and the chin rotated to the opposite side (Campbell, 1995). Limitations present with lateral neck flexion to the uninvolved side and rotation to the involved side. The condition may be noted at birth or a few weeks to months later. It's also possible for a palpable mass to exist in the affected SCM muscle.

A pediatrician or family doctor can give a prescription for the child with Torticollis to receive physical therapy. The physical therapist works on treatment for active and passive stretching of the involved muscle and strengthening for the opposite SCM muscle. The PT can teach the parents proper positioning for the child to improve the condition.

The physical therapist can also do equilibrium exercises with the older infant to help. Most of the torticollis cases do resolve with conservative treatment.

Melissa Prestipino, DPT
Sparta Fit For Life - Therapeutics Unlimited Rehab
Sparta, NJ
973-729-1222
www.turehab.com




Make text smaller Make text larger

Comments

Pool Rules



MUST READ NEWS

Physical Therapy Expert Melissa Prestipino, DPT: Sore Muscles after Exercising
According to the ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine), any type of activity that places unaccustomed loads on muscle may lead to “delayed onset muscle soreness”...
Read more »
Image

Chiropratic Expert Dr. Mary Negri, D.C: Chiropractic Care and Relief of Shoulder Pain
The shoulder is a very shallow ball and socket joint which makes it naturally unstable and depends heavily on muscular support. The rotator cuff is the name of the most important...
Read more »
Image

Financial Expert Marion G. Cuff, CFS : What Do Long-Term Care Insurance Policies Cover?
Long-term care refers to a broad range of medical and personal services designed to assist people who've lost their ability to function independently. If you're thinking of buying...
Read more »
Image

Water Expert Andy Ball: I have very hard water and high Iron. What kind of softener do I need?
To offer a proper and accurate recommendation for any system(s) needed to correct your water problems, we need current and accurate water test results and assess your...
Read more »
Image

VIDEOS



Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required
Community Newspapers



MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED



Find more about Weather in Sparta, NJ