The Incidence of Plagiocephaly and Discussion of Cranial Remolding Orthoses Intervention

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 Infowww.plagiocephaly.info.

Yahoo Support GroupAll 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.

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6 thoughts on “The Incidence of Plagiocephaly and Discussion of Cranial Remolding Orthoses Intervention

    • Hi Jeff,
      Thanks for sharing another resource! If there’s anything else you think we should add, I’m more than happy to add information to the post.
      Happy Holidays!

  1. Very kind of you to post links to clinics! Could have done with this a few months ago. My son is currently under going treatment for plagiocephaly with the Steeper Clinic who are doing an absolutely amazing job! It took us a while to find a provider, but I’m happy with my choice. Again, thanks for posting!

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