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Spina Bifida is a rare disease affecting children. This disease is present from the birth.Spina Bifida is a congenital disorder (birth defect) where the backbone
and spinal canal do not close before birth. This allows the spinal cord and
the covering membranes to protrude out of the child's back.
Protrusion of the spinal cord and meninges damages the spinal cord and
nerve roots, causing a decrease or lack of function of body areas controlled at or below the defect. Most defects occur in the lower lumbar or sacral areas of the back (the lowest areas of the back) because this area is normally the last part of the spine to close. Symptoms include partial or complete paralysis of the legs, with corresponding partial or complete lack of sensation, and may include loss of bladder or bowel control. The exposed spinal cord is susceptible to infection (meningitis).
Symptoms visible sac like protrusion on the mid to lower back of the new
born. Weakness of the hip, leg or feet of a newborn. tuft of hair at the
sacral area (back part of the pelvis)or dimpling of the sacrum.
After Surgery , A patient suffereing from Spina Bifida have to take long term Physiotherapy Treatment so that deformaties can be minimized, the parents should have pateince while taking physiotherapy Treatment because it will show good result but talk a long time.
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