FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

P-POD FAQ

How do I diagnose plagiocephaly?

Once you become a participating P-POD Pro, we will provide you with the tools and resources you need to quickly and easily make a plagiocephaly diagnosis. Our resource guides are simple to use in your practice. Making the diagnosis can be done with basic measurements and observations you would typically make during a traditional well visit.   

Do I need special training to use the P-POD?

Before you begin treating your patients using the P-POD, you will have the opportunity to complete our specialized training so you know exactly how to use the P-POD effectively. The training program is simple and can be completed virtually or through an in-office demo. After completing our training, you will be considered a P-POD Pro and receive our proprietary certificate of completion.

How long does it take to create a P-POD orthosis?

The entire process of measuring, fitting, and creating the P-POD takes as little as 30 minutes in just one office visit.

Is the P-POD eligible for Insurance reimbursement?

​While many insurance companies cover the use of a cranial orthosis to treat plagiocephaly, scaphocephaly, and brachycephaly, coverage depends on the family’s individual policy, their coverage, and the insurance company. Our P-POD reps can advise on reimbursement in your area.

Is the P-POD comfortable for infants?

The P-POD is made using proprietary foam that is softer than our competitor's foam. All P-POD materials were chosen with both comfort and effectiveness in mind. 

What is the treatment length for the P-POD?

Typically, cranial orthosis treatments last between 3 and 5 months. (1) However, the length of time depends on the severity of the flattening and the age of the infant.
 

How much monitoring needs to be done during the treatment process?

The amount of visits required is dependent upon the comfort level of the practitioner as well as the family. Initially, the doctor may choose to check in with the family to ensure that the transition to treatment is successful. Minimal monitoring is necessary unless the parents observe any problems. 

Is there a correlation between developmental delays and plagiocephaly?

Recent studies have shown found developmental delays, cognitive impairment, and academic limitations have been found through longitudinal studies of children who experienced head flattening during infancy. (2)(3) 

A 2019 study evaluated 187 school-aged children with a history of plagiocephaly or brachycephaly. (4) When compared with a similar number of control participants, they found that children with moderate or severe deformational plagiocephaly scored lower than controls on cognitive and academic measures. These associations were minimal among children with mild flattening.

The researchers cautioned not to interpret these findings as causational, rather as a risk factor that should be used in assessments of children with moderate or severe plagiocephaly as they age.
 

1. Johns Hopkins Medicine 

2. Plagiocephaly and Developmental Delay: A Systematic Review

3. Developmental outcomes of positional plagiocephaly

4. Cognitive Outcomes and Positional Plagiocephaly

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