Associated Conditions

What is torticollis? How is it associated with plagiocephaly?

Congenital Muscular Torticollis, also known as “wry neck,” is a condition in which an infant has an abnormally tight, shortened neck muscle that causes the head to tilt to one side and the chin to rotate towards the opposite shoulder. Babies with torticollis have a limited range of neck motion and tend to hold their head in the same position, which often leads to plagiocephaly. It’s estimated that over 80% of babies who have torticollis have plagiocephaly, as well.

Below, we’ve provided some examples of mild, moderate and severe cases of torticollis.

Mild Torticollis
Mild Torticollis
Moderate Torticollis
Moderate Torticollis
Severe Torticollis
Severe Torticollis

At Cranial Technologies, our team is made up of occupational and physical therapists, orthotists, and pediatric nurses who are specially trained to recognize torticollis while evaluating infants for plagiocephaly. In these cases, it’s also important for parents to talk with a pediatrician about exploring physical therapy options for their baby.

For babies with torticollis, achieving the best possible outcome depends on everyone working together. At Cranial Technologies, our staff will support you in taking an active role in your child’s treatment every step of the way.

Learn more about what you can do at home to help correct the shape of your baby’s head, or see what your family will experience as a patient at Cranial Technologies.