by Jennifer Dunn, DPT
Plagiocephaly, the flattening of one side of the head, is a relatively common condition in infants.
Plagiocephaly is associated with uncontrollable factors such as multiple births, positioning in the womb, premature birth, and presence of torticollis, or a tightening of one side of the neck that causes the infant's head to be turned in one direction.
Plagiocephaly and torticollis are also associated with controllable factors after birth such as positioning. Unaddressed plagiocephaly and torticollis can lead to permanent aesthetic changes such as head shape asymmetries, jaw malalignment, and ill-fitting head gear (hats, helmets) or glasses. Plagiocephaly and torticollis do not affect your infant's brain or typical development.
Fortunately, both plagiocephaly and torticollis are often successfully treated through physical therapy and variable positioning throughout the day. For a deeper look into plagiocephaly and treatment options, click here.
If you are concerned about your infant's head shape or positioning, a physical therapy evaluation may be appropriate. Call our office today to schedule an evaluation: 541-505-8180
Oftentimes when we think about physical therapy, we typically think of rehabilitation for adults who have an injury or who need post-surgical care. But did you know physical therapy can be quite helpful for children, too? Pediatric orthopedic physical therapy is designed to keep your child doing what they do best — playing. We can help address any head or neck asymmetries in infants as well as sports injuries in children of all ages.
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The typical evaluation process includes assessing skeletal alignment, muscle length, strength, and coordination. Your child's treatment plan will be tailored to any imbalances found in the evaluation process. No matter what the issue is, the goal is always to facilitate typical infant and child development to decrease future injury risk, promote the enhancement of gross motor skills, and keep your child moving.
To schedule an examination for your child, please give our clinic a call at 541-505-8180. The therapists at Staszak Physical Therapy & Wellness Center are here to help.
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