Does your child seem to have an abnormal head or neck position? This condition, called torticollis, is painful and can result in the permanent shortening of the muscles that are involved. Fortunately, Long Island Physical Therapy can not only relieve the associated head and neck pain, it can also improve your range of motion and eliminate torticollis for good. Contact our office today to find out more or to schedule your consultation.
It is vital to seek treatment on behalf of infants or children who are experiencing this type of head or neck positioning. If left too long without intervention, children may experience permanent disability due to shortening neck muscles. One of the first treatments doctors recommend are stretching exercises designed to lengthen and strengthen the neck muscles holding the head in the incorrect position. 80 percent of all children respond well to this type of treatment plan and do not experience any lasting effects. If these non-invasive treatments do not work, doctors will recommend surgery to lengthen short muscles and return the child’s head to a normal position. Once completed, the child may need physical therapy to strengthen their neck muscles and prevent the problem from recurring.
How Pediatric Physical Therapy Helps
Our therapists at Long Island Physical Therapy work closely with your child to determine the root cause of their developmental delay. After a thorough evaluation, we develop a comprehensive plan, at times involving your child physical therapy needs to assist your child with attaining their developmental milestones. We work closely with your child and the entire family to ensure your child achieves the best outcome possible.
Post fracture rehab following sports injuries and accidental injuries.
Muscle, tendon and ligamentous sprains and strains.
Postural abnormalities like scoliosis.
Headaches following neck muscle weaknesses.
Contact us today so that we can help your child gets better.
As we develop from birth, there are common developmental “milestones” that are reached around certain ages. For example, the ability to walk, taking first steps is generally between months 9 and 12. Another is at age 4-7 months, babies typically start babbling and engage, smiling at the parents. When children don’t meet their normal milestones in a reasonable amount of time, a delay in development can start to become evident.
Often development delay can be seen in babies who seem too stiff or floppy, have difficulty holding their head steady, can’t sit on their own, or don’t respond to noises or smiles, after the appropriate ages to do so. In addition, as a child with developmental delay gets older, they may have difficulty engaging in normal play, seem clumsy, have difficulty with running and other more challenging activities.