Torticollis and Plagiocephaly

Infant torticollis is a common musculoskeletal condition that can be present at birth or acquired later in an infant’s life that can be associated with plagiocephaly. Plagiocephaly is a common condition in which an infant’s head has a flattened appearance due to repeated pressure on an area of the skull. Both are very treatable conditions by a skilled physical therapist.

What to Expect

Early intervention is critical to prevent these conditions from getting worse. Lack of early intervention increases the likelihood that the child will have developmental and gross motor delays as well as functional and structural deformities.

Our approach utilizes manual therapy to normalize tissue length and improve muscle function, sensory integration, handling and positioning techniques, and play activities that are geared towards meeting the infant’s developmental goals. We also educate parents on positioning techniques, stretches to perform at home and strengthening exercises to fit the infant’s needs.

Who Would Benefit

Infants (ages 1-14 months)

Premature babies

Asymmetrical/flattened head shape

Noticeable tilting of the head, favor looking one way

Poor head control with sitting or in tummy time

Delayed pivoting, rolling or crawling skills, spends a lot of time on their back

Therapists

You are all AMAZING!!! Amber and Jolene are the best! When Abbie became injured 1 1/2 years ago in dance- something she loved to do, she went through 3 doctors, another physical therapists, many painful procedures and finally found a Dr. Hedlund who sent us to Hulst Jepsen where she was blessed with 2 amazing therapist and their staff! Abbie thought she may never dance again! She had many ups and downs in her therapy but no one ever gave up on her. They always listened to her and helped her do her best! Now she has finished her therapy, is starting dance again in a few weeks, is auditioning for the Nutcracker and her dance team at school!!!

Holly

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