plagiocephaly

Plagiocephaly

Plagiocephaly is also known as flat head syndrome, is a condition characterized by an asymmetrical distortion (flattening of one side) of the skull. It is characterized by a flat spot on the back or one side of the head caused by remaining in a supine position for too long.

Positive Steps Therapy is working closely with a local orthotist to provide improved care for children and families dealing with plagiocephaly.  Each of our outpatient offices is equipped with the ability to evaluate and measure children to monitor and determine their need for helmet therapy.  Physical therapists can be the first line of defense in educating families on positioning to minimize the need for helmet therapy.   Our therapists are well versed on the contraindications of helmet therapy and are knowledgeable in the need and appropriateness for referral to neurology.

Upon evaluation, physical therapists will:

  • Complete a thorough patient history
  • Measure head shape with calipers
  • Take photographs
  • Assess cervical range of motion and muscle strength

Based on measurements taken, the child’s age and documented parameters, interventions will be recommended for the child.

If helmet therapy is recommended, Positive Steps Therapy works with local companies who use a portable scanner to measure and fit the child.