How rare is torticollis?

Answered by Robert Dupre

Torticollis is actually quite common, with estimates suggesting that about 90% of people will experience at least one episode of torticollis in their lifetime. This means that the condition is not as rare as one might think.

There are different types of torticollis, but one of the most common is congenital torticollis. This is a condition that is present at birth and is typically caused by the shortening or tightening of the neck muscles on one side. It is estimated that about 1 in 250 infants are affected by congenital torticollis. It is important to note that congenital torticollis is generally a benign condition and can usually be treated successfully with physical therapy.

However, torticollis can also be caused by more serious underlying issues. For example, it can be a symptom of a brain injury or damage to the nervous system. In these cases, the torticollis is not as common as congenital torticollis, but it is still a possibility.

In my experience, I have seen a fair number of cases of torticollis, both in children and adults. I have worked with infants who have congenital torticollis and have seen the positive impact that early intervention and physical therapy can have on their condition. I have also encountered cases where torticollis was a symptom of a more serious underlying issue, such as a brain injury. These cases require a more comprehensive approach to treatment and often involve a team of healthcare professionals.

While torticollis is not considered a rare condition, it is important to recognize that there can be varying degrees of severity and underlying causes. It is always best to consult with a healthcare professional if you or someone you know is experiencing torticollis to determine the appropriate course of treatment.