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TherapyWorks helps patients with many different conditions. Please see the diagram below for information on common conditions we treat and how physical therapy can help you.

What is torticollis?

The word torticollis literally means “twisted neck”. There are typically two types of this condition – congenital, meaning present at birth, and acquired, meaning an incident or accident causes it. For some children, torticollis happens in the womb in the weeks before birth where the head and neck are positioned at an odd angle. Other children are born with the condition because of difficulties during delivery, a decreased blood supply to the neck muscles, muscular fibrosis or congenital spine anomalies. Even if a child is born with healthy head and neck positioning, infants sometimes develop torticollis when they spend too much time laying on their back, sitting in car seats, swings, bouncers, or strollers, or laying on play mats.

How Physical Therapy Treats Torticollis

Physical therapy services are designed to increase range of motion, decrease muscle tightness and strengthen gross and fine motor skills that are needed for proper neck and head positioning. Our Lawrence, KS physical therapistwill first conduct an assessment to test your child’s range of motion and evaluate any other conditions that often accompany torticollis. These may include plagiocephaly (abnormal head shape), spine problems, or a misalignment of the hip joint (hip displaysia). Once the evaluation is complete, the physical therapist will discuss their findings and a potential treatment plan.

Physical therapy may include performing stretching exercises both in the office and at home to increase your range of motion and strengthen the neck muscles. These may include passive stretches as well as active stretches of the neck and shoulder muscles designed to strengthen muscles that are used to maintain good posture. Even in infants who do not seem to be strong enough to reliably hold their own head, these stretches and exercises can correct the problem quickly. In fact, early intervention for torticollis often provides the best results.

If your child is experiencing painful, incorrect positioning of the head or neck, Contact Us Today at Lawrence, KS Center to schedule an appointment. Our physical therapy staff can evaluate you or your little one and provide you with a customized treatment plan designed to treat their torticollis, leaving them pain-free and moving well.

Plagiocephaly is a very common, very treatable disorder. It causes a baby’s head to have a flattened appearance. Plagiocephaly develops when an infant’s soft skull becomes flattened in one area, due to repeated pressure on one part of the head.

How can physical therapy help?

A physical therapist can help reduce the flattening of a baby’s skull and restore a more normal, rounded skull shape, which may help reduce the risk of developmental delays and other disabilities later in life. Contact us for more information.

As we develop from birth, there are common developmental “milestones” that are reached around certain ages. For example, the ability to walk, taking the first steps is generally between months 9 and 12. Another is at age 4-7 months, babies typically start babbling and engage, smiling at the parents. When children don’t meet their normal milestones in a reasonable amount of time, a delay in development can start to become evident.

How can physical therapy help?

Our therapists work closely with your child to determine the root cause of their developmental delay. After a thorough evaluation, we develop a comprehensive plan to assist your child in attaining their developmental milestones. We work closely with your child and the entire family to ensure your child achieves the best outcome possible. Contact us for more information.

When a child is diagnosed with cerebral palsy, it means they are experiencing an impairment within the area of the brain that controls their movement and muscle tone. While many children with cerebral palsy do not experience any alterations to their mental development, their motor control and mobility is greatly affected.

Cerebral palsy develops due to damage, trauma, or malformation of the child’s brain. This typically occurs during pregnancy but may also occur during delivery or shortly after birth.

How can physical therapy help?

We can help your child maintain the function he or she already has and work toward improving motor function overall. A physical examination will also be performed to test your child’s reflexes and motor functions. From there, an individualized treatment plan will be made specifically for your child, based on the severity of the condition and the unique goals that must be met for your child. Contact us for more information.

Sensory processing disorder and sensory integration dysfunction occur when children have difficulty processing normal information from the senses (sound, sight, smell, taste, touch and hearing). The exact cause is not known, but this is commonly seen in children with autism or Asperger’s disorder as well as other developmental disabilities.

How can physical therapy help?

If it is suspected that someone is having sensory processing issues, our therapists first complete a thorough evaluation to determine where your child is having the most difficulties. Our therapists then coordinate fun and interactive activities that engage sensory inputs to challenge and successfully organize responses. Over time, this improves the ability to process sensations more normally and engage in a happy, productive lifestyle. Contact us for more information.