Yes, a physician’s approval/prescription will ensure proper treatment of your physical condition. An initial consultation does not require a prescription.
Plagiocephaly is a malformation of the head marked by an oblique slant to the main axis of the skull. However, the term may also be applied to any condition characterized by a persistent flat spot on the back or side of the head. It is important to distinguish between the categories of abnormal head shapes:
• Positional (or deformational) abnormal head shapes can be corrected without surgery by repositioning or cranial orthoses.
• Synostotic abnormal head shape is caused by the premature closure of cranial sutures (known as craniosynostosis). Synostotic abnormal head shapes may require surgery. If left untreated, children with plagiocephaly, especially those with moderate to severe plagiocephaly, may experience other medical issues later in life.
A number of studies have associated the recent dramatic increase in the number of children with flat heads with the “back to sleep campaign”. Since more children are sleeping on their backs, the incidence of flattening has increased. This condition can be much worse on one side if a child preferentially sleeps with that side down. Positional plagiocephaly, or flat head syndrome, results from preferentially lying on one side of the head. Deformational brachycephaly is a flattening across the back of the head. These two conditions may sometimes occur together.
Arimed strives to provide accurate and accountable results because the issues of abnormal head shape are very complex. If you have questions about your child’s head shape, call us for a consultation at one of our three convenient locations. Arimed employs the STARscanner LASER DATA ACQUISITION SYSTEM™ to image and measure your child’s head primarily because of its accuracy, minimal invasiveness, reporting and data capabilities.
Arimed uses STARscanner™. The STARscanner™ system, developed in collaboration with Vorum Research Corporation, is designed to provide orthotists with an efficient and effective tool for acquiring accurate head shape data for cranial remolding orthoses. This scanner represents a quantum leap in orthotic technology. It eliminates the casting process normally required to fabricate a custom-molded cranial remolding orthosis by scanning the infant’s head in less than two seconds using a combination of eye safe lasers and cameras. The orthotist can now measure the progression of therapy and substantiate the efficacy of cranial remolding orthoses with computerized pre and post treatment documentation.
Each child’s treatment program will be modeled individually based on his or her level of dissymmetry and age. The average treatment is from 3 to 4 months. Regularly scheduled follow-up appointments provide the best possible care as the size and shape of your infant’s head changes.