Torticollis treatment include medication, physical devices, botulinum toxin, physical therapy, stretching exercises, and surgery. In most people, torticollis resolves in several days to a few weeks. A few people will develop continuing neck problems for months to years. Persistent neck muscle spasms may require referral to a neurologist or surgeon.
It is important that parents get their child into physiotherapy as soon as possible. The older the child is, the tighter the SCM becomes and the harder it becomes to stretch the child due to their increased activity level.
At the physiotherapy initial evaluation the parents will be given a home exercise program including range of motion exercises, massage instructions, positioning ideas to discourage the child’s favored position, and strengthening exercises to help decrease any asymmetry that may be occurring.