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
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