Colin N.  Top Clin Chiropr.  1998 Sep;5(3):27-33, 65.


ABSTRACT: Purpose: The etiology, nature, and traditional medical interventions for infant torticollis (including trauma-induced torticollis) are reviewed. A case study is presented of a 7-month-old infant who had been medically diagnosed with the disorder as birth-trauma related. Methods: A qualitative literature review was conducted of information on congenital and acquired infant torticollis, and a case study summarizes chiropractic interventions. Summary: Six sessions of chiropractic management involving low force adjusting and gentle myofascial release work were administered based on clinical mechanical findings derived from an apparent right hand and right leg dominance of the child. The patient had not previously responded to several weeks of physical therapy. Following chiropractic care, the case completely resolved. The response was sustained at 1 year follow-up. Conclusion: Although a case study is an inadequate basis from which to generalize conclusions, the failure of prior conservative care, coupled with the immediate response with chiropractic intervention, suggests this approach may warrant further investigation.

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