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Hanger Cranial Band
The Hanger Clinic Advantage

Hanger Cranial BandThe Hanger Cranial Band is a treatment option for infants with abnormal head shape or “deformational plagiocephaly.” Plagiocephaly means the flattening or deformation of a baby’s head and is often classified as mild, moderate, or severe.

If your baby has been diagnosed with plagiocephaly, brachycephaly, or scaphocephaly, you can rest assured that the condition will be treated safely and painlessly with the help of our Hanger Clinic orthotists. The device we have developed to treat your baby is the Hanger Cranial Band. It’s an FDA cleared orthosis, specifically designed to treat deformational plagiocephaly.

Treatment with the Hanger Cranial Band is most effective when initiated between 4 and 6 months of age, and completed by 12 months of age. During this period, the head is easily shaped or altered to allow for rapid brain growth. A child can wear a cranial band until 18 months of age, but after that, growth slows considerably and making changes to the head’s shape with orthotic treatment is extremely limited. For this reason, Hanger Clinic orthotists and doctors nationwide, favor early intervention.

In about 85% of cases, a child may have both deformational plagiocephaly and congenital muscular torticollis. If this happens with your baby, your Hanger Clinic orthotist may combine orthotic cranial remolding techniques with a referral to a pediatric for physical therapist, to ensure the best possible outcome.

Many parents wonder if wearing a cranial band is painful. The answer is no. There is no pressure placed on a baby’s head. The design of the cranial band directs the natural growth of the skull towards a more symmetrical and/or proportional shape. In other words, your baby’s head will be gently, painlessly guided into a more round shape.

There’s also a fun side to the Hanger Cranial Band. There are many patterns, colors, and designs to choose from to personalize your child’s cranial band at no extra cost. There is everything from butterflies to race cars to starships. Ask your orthotist to show you how to turn your child’s cranial band into a work of art and a keepsake that reflects your child’s personality.

Hanger Cranial Band Advantages

With a Hanger Cranial Band, you’re not just getting an effective orthotic treatment system, you’re joining the vast Hanger Clinic network of clinically trained orthotic professionals with the expertise to make your child’s treatment a success.

Hanger Clinic advantages include:

• Leading provider of orthotic and prosthetic products and services worldwide

• 700+ Hanger Clinic locations nationwide to provide services for families on the go

• When relocating or traveling to another city, we can easily access or transfer your child’s medical records to another Hanger Clinic office, minimizing additional paperwork and care disruption

• Vast network of cranial specialists all across the United States to assist with high level/severe cases

• Intensive training and special certification for cranial band specialization

• A nationwide mentoring program for newly trained clinicians

• Partnerships with nationally and internationally recognized craniofacial surgeons

• Numerous insurance partnerships and contracts with a wide variety of providers (82% of babies treated for plagiocephaly through Hanger Clinic have their orthoses paid for by insurance)

• Skilled administrators experienced in acquiring insurance authorizations and funding resources / options

• Insignia™ laser scanning system

• Free evaluative scans and free follow-up appointments every time your baby’s cranial band needs adjusting

• Volunteer moms who are willing speak to parents just starting treatment


Custom-Fitting Your Child's Band with the Insignia Laser Scanning System

Hanger Cranial Bands are custom-made to fit the individual shape of each baby’s head. One way Hanger Clinic makes the fitting process easier for your baby is with Insignia, a three-dimensional laser scanning system. Insignia makes it easy to measure and fit pediatric clients for a number of orthotic devices from cranial bands to braces, supports, or prosthetic sockets.

Insignia Scan

The Insignia laser scanning system includes a hand-held scanner and a computer to capture and store 3-D images of your baby’s head. Measurements are exact to within one millimeter, and the scanning process is quick, easy, and painless. The best part: Insignia is noninvasive. That means your orthotist can evaluate your baby while he/she sits in the comfort of your lap. Your orthotist will move the scanner around your baby’s head to generate a three-dimensional image on the screen. You’ll be able to see the progress made from the beginning of treatment to the end. Another advantage to Insignia is that your orthotist can generate a laser scan in minutes, reducing medical costs. This also allows your orthotist to spend more time with you and your child.

Q. Is there any risk in using the Insignia laser scanning system around my baby’s head?

There’s no more risk involved using the laser light source than with older style plaster casting treatment. The laser is merely a light source, which fans across your child’s head. The actual work in the process is being done by the digital camera and computer, which photograph and analyze the beam of light reflecting off the skin. In fact, the laser light source has a minimal power output of less than a typical household light bulb.

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