Torticollis means "twisted neck." It is typically noticed the first six to eight weeks of a newborn's life. Due to a tight muscle in the neck, the baby holds his or her head tilted to one side.
A bump or mass may be felt over the tight muscle of the neck. It is soft and not tender. The mass is attached to the tight muscle on the side of the neck that the child holds his/her head tilted to. The bump decreases over the next several months, by ve months of age the mass is almost undetectable.
If your child has been diagnosed with congenital muscular torticollis, there may be other conditions that need to be evaluated, such as dysplasia of the hip which your provider should look for. There are other common cause of torticollis such as hearing or vision problems and bone malformations in the neck.