Plagiocephaly (or “Plagio”) is a deformation of the skull caused by repeated & consistent external pressure such as utero constraint, back sleeping or as a result of prematurity or another disorder.
1 in 300 infants exhibit some form of plagiocephaly, although the most serious developmental incidence is just 0.4 to 1 per 1,000 live births. Upon clinical intervention, the average treatment time for most plagio cases is four and a half months1. The most common treatment technique involves the use of a cranial remolding orthosis, shaped specifically for the user’s specific needs. Proper intervention for plagiocephaly involves clinical evaluation, device fitting, and regular follow up evaluations until sufficient progress has been made.
Cranial Remolding Orthosis Resources:
Clinics & Suppliers*
AriMed Orthotics and Prosthetics (USA) – http://arimed.com
Becker Orthopedic (USA) – http://www.beckerorthopedic.com
Cranial Technologies (USA & Spain) – www.cranialtech.com
Danmar Products – (USA)- www.danmarproducts.com
Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics – (USA) – www.hanger.com
The London Orthotic Consultancy Ltd (UK) – http://www.londonorthotics.co.uk
Orthomerica (device manufacturing firm only) – www.orthomerica.com
Support Groups & Research
Plagiocephaly Info – www.plagiocephaly.info.
Yahoo Support Group – All About Plagiocephaly.
Tamarack Habilitation Technologies manufactures a simple solution that addresses painful rubbing/dermatological concerns that often occur with users of cranial remolding orthoses. ShearBan® has a slick low-friction surface and durable adhesive backing that applies directly to orthotic devices, creating a smooth interface between the device & skin. Available in both sheet & pre-cut oval patches, ShearBan® provides immediate relief and long-lasting protection from any type of friction-induced skin trauma. For more information, visit www.ShearBan.com.
For more information about plagiocephaly and cranial remolding orthoses, consult your primary care physician.
1 Statistic courtesy of www.aetna.com
*This list includes just a few resources for cranial orthosis fabrication and fitting. Consult your primary care physician for referral to a qualified practitioner.