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Cranial Remolding Orthosis

Over the past thirty years, there have been a growing number of infants with various conditions resulting in abnormal head shape or some form of "deformational plagiocephaly." The diagnosis for these children can be Plagiocephaly, Brachycephaly, or Scaphocephaly, all of which indicate some variation of flattening or deformation of a baby's head. These pediatric conditions can be classified as mild, moderate, or severe, but for the vast majority of patients for whom patient care is initiated between four and six months, utilizing a cranial remolding orthosis as part of the treatment process can be very successful for the child.

Many times, the parents who come to Prosthetic & Orthotic Associates with a child with one of these conditions, are concerned that their child may be in pain when having a cranial helmet created for them or during their daily wearing of the orthosis. Fortunately, the answer to both of these questions is a resounding no. The Clinical Team at POA uses a non-intrusive, FDA-approved scanning process to digitally capture a child's cranial shape so that the cranial helmet can be custom made to each infant's specific shape and needs.

In addition, the goal of any cranial remolding orthosis is to direct the natural growth of the infant's skull towards a more symmetrical and/or proportional shape. This approach allows each child's head to be painlessly guided into a more traditional shape over time. Often times, a child may require more than one cranial orthosis through their care process to accommodate their growth, but the clinical team at POA works with each family to evaluate their specific child's needs and to develop a plan for their individual needs.