Friday, February 19, 2016

Torticollis Update (or Lack Thereof) Pictures

Kellyn has recently turned three-years-old and I am happy to share that she no longer has torticollis.  She hasn't had it for quite some time now. When she first received her torticollis diagnosis, I recall frantically scouring the internet looking for pictures of older children who had been previously treated for torticollis. I wanted to see if they fully recovered or if their stubborn head tilt always persisted. And I wanted to see if any torticollis-induced facial asymmetries had gone away.  If you are a parent starting this torticollis treatment journey, I hope these pictures of my daughter give you hope.  Kellyn keeps her head up straight and her face is symmetrical. You would never know she had torticollis. Going to physical therapy and regularly doing the exercises at home really works.  Believe me, I know torticollis treatment is a long and frustrating journey, but it's so worth it. We are grateful to God for such a great outcome.

Little girl smiling
Always love a perfectly midline picture.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Torticollis Exercises for Older Babies & Young Toddlers

As babies/toddlers gets older, torticollis exercises may become more difficult to accomplish for various reasons.  Kids may become more mobile, wiggly, and resistant to the exercises.  This definitely occurred for us.  When this happens, you may need to work that much harder to figure out new exercises and strategies that help your child successfully complete their torticollis exercises. Here's three different exercises that we tried with our toddler after she outgrew some of her previous torticollis exercises.

All three of these tutorials are designed to encourage the child to right her head.  In case you are not familiar with the term "head righting", head righting basically means keeping the head positioned upright despite the body being tilted.  When muscle weakness is contributing to your child's torticollis, head righting exercises on the affected side can increase strength to encourage a more midline head position. For your convenience, the three exercises are described below in both video and written tutorial format.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Torticollis Checkup

It's been awhile since I've posted and Kellyn is now over two-years-old.  The past year has been a whirlwind of gastrointestinal-related medical chaos (surgeries, hospitalizations, feeding issues, etc.) for Kellyn, so I needed to put torticollis treatment on the back burner.  Awhile back, Kellyn had been discharged from both physical therapy and chiropractic for her torticollis.  We had also been given the OK to stop doing in-home torticollis exercises.  Getting this time back in our day was a huge blessing for me, as I now have taken on various new medical responsibilities related to Kellyn's acquired GI issues. Despite all the good news pertaining to her torticollis, I still have been concerned that Kellyn still has a very slight head tilt.  Since its been awhile, I decided to make an appointment with an outpatient physical therapy for a torticollis evaluation.  I thought it would be good for someone with a fresh pair of eyes to evaluate her, especially after several months of no longer doing her torticollis exercises at home.

Toddler with mild torticollis
And wouldn't you know it?  She tilted her head to her left (instead of her usual right) for this pic.