Spina Bifida


About Spina Bifida

Spina bifida is a birth defect that occurs during the development of a baby. It can affect the spinal cord, the vertebrae surrounding and protecting the spinal cord and the membranes around the cord in varying degrees. Children with spina bifida have a variety of issues from bowel and bladder dysfunction to lower extremity paralysis. Pediatric physical therapists work with children with spina bifida to increase functional mobility. They work on improving range of motion, strength, balance, and coordination. Some children with spina bifida require the aide of a wheelchair for their mobility. Pediatric physical therapists assist in determining the right wheelchair and seating system to meet the child’s specific needs and instruct in its use. Or, a child may be ambulatory but require aides for walking.

Pediatric physical therapists assess each child with spina bifida on an individual basis to determine what they will need in their specific home, school and recreational environment to gain the most independence and function. Each child with spina bifida has their own specific needs depending on their activities in their daily life. Our therapists work hard to determine what those needs are and work with each child and family to meet them.

Our treament methods

  • Equipment Evaluation
  • Muscle Strengthening
  • Stretching
  • Transition and transfer training
  • Gait training
  • Coordination and Balance
  • Child and family education
  • Exercise prescription