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How long is treatment needed for torticollis?

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Once torticollis is diagnosed and stretching exercises start, most babies improve within 6 months. Two things can speed recovery: an early diagnosis and sticking to the treatment plan.

Very rarely, children with torticollis will need surgery to lengthen the sternocleidomastoid muscle. Doctors will usually wait until your child is a preschooler to consider this option.

From: What Is Torticollis? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Boston Children’s Hospital: “Conditions and Treatments -- Torticollis.”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Congenital Muscular Torticollis.”

KidsHealth.org (The Nemours Foundation): “Infant Torticollis.”

Hospital for Special Surgery: “Congenital Muscular Torticollis -- An overview.”

Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America: “Study Guide -- Congenital Muscular Torticollis.”

NIH. U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Klippel-Feil syndrome.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 16, 2018

SOURCES:

Boston Children’s Hospital: “Conditions and Treatments -- Torticollis.”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Congenital Muscular Torticollis.”

KidsHealth.org (The Nemours Foundation): “Infant Torticollis.”

Hospital for Special Surgery: “Congenital Muscular Torticollis -- An overview.”

Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America: “Study Guide -- Congenital Muscular Torticollis.”

NIH. U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Klippel-Feil syndrome.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 16, 2018

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