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Acquired Tor­ti­col­lis Resolved Under Chi­ro­prac­tic: A Case Study

torticollis resolved chiropractic

The Jour­nal of Clin­i­cal Chi­ro­prac­tic Pedi­atrics pub­lished a case study in their Decem­ber 2016 issue doc­u­ment­ing the res­o­lu­tion of a case of acquired tor­ti­col­lis in a baby. Tor­ti­col­lis, some­times known as wry neck, is a con­di­tion where the head is tilted sig­nif­i­cantly down­ward and to one side. This is usu­ally due to a pulling from the mus­cles of the neck.

The study points out that there are two types of tor­ti­col­lis, con­gen­i­tal and acquired. Con­gen­i­tal tor­ti­col­lis is present at birth and is defined by WebMD as, Con­gen­i­tal tor­ti­col­lis occurs when the neck mus­cle that runs up and toward the back of your baby’s neck (ster­n­oclei­do­mas­toid mus­cle) is short­ened. This brings your baby’s head down and to one side. Acquired tor­ti­col­lis is sim­i­lar except that it was not present at birth, and may have been caused by some form of trauma to the child.

In this case, a 31-​month-​old boy was brought to the chi­ro­prac­tor because the boy was suf­fer­ing from neck pain and tor­ti­col­lis for the past six weeks. The his­tory revealed that two weeks prior to the onset of prob­lems the boy had fallen while try­ing to climb into a stroller. No one wit­nessed the actual fall, but the boy was com­plain­ing of left knee and ankle pain and he was limp­ing. A few days later, the tor­ti­col­lis appeared.

A week after the fall, he was brought to a pedi­atric hos­pi­tal where x-​rays of the left knee and ankle were taken and deter­mined to be nor­mal. The med­ical diag­no­sis was an ankle sprain. A pre­scrip­tion of ibupro­fen was given for the pain and inflam­ma­tion. One week later, the child was again brought back to the hos­pi­tal for the neck pain and tor­ti­col­lis. At that time, addi­tional x-​rays and blood tests were per­formed but deter­mined to be normal.

One month after the hos­pi­tal visit, the boy was brought to the chi­ro­prac­tor. He was suf­fer­ing per­sis­tent limp­ing and tor­ti­col­lis. The neck pain was more severe at night and had got­ten so bad that the boy had started to hit his fore­head with his hands. He was also suf­fer­ing from fatigue, and was lethar­gic and irritable.

A chi­ro­prac­tic exam­i­na­tion was per­formed and chi­ro­prac­tic care was ini­ti­ated. Each visit, the results and improve­ments were recorded. After the first visit, it was reported that the boy had improved about 25% and was now able to lie on his back. By the sec­ond visit, he was sleep­ing bet­ter, was less irri­ta­ble, and the ibupro­fen was dis­con­tin­ued. By the third visit, there was no vis­i­ble tor­ti­col­lis and no com­plaints on all sub­se­quent visits.

In their con­clu­sion the authors noted, Neck con­di­tions are the sec­ond lead­ing rea­son for patients seek­ing chi­ro­prac­tic care in Canada and the United States. It is there­fore prob­a­ble that a par­ent may seek chi­ro­prac­tic care for a child who devel­ops a tor­ti­col­lis. They con­tin­ued, Pedi­atric chi­ro­prac­tic care proved ben­e­fi­cial for this young boy with acquired torticollis.

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