Spina bifida is a birth defect. A lot of children who have been diagnosed with spina bifida do not have issues from it. It happens when the bones of the spine do not develop properly around part of the baby’s spinal cord. It can affect how the skin on the back looks. And in severe cases, it can make walking or daily activities hard to do without help. At AdvaCare Clinics in Bloomington, MN we are a clinic with advanced healthcare solutions and have been helping patients relieve symptoms of Spina bifida, and educating how to manage it. We combine physical therapy, chiropractic care, and medical procedures for best results and recovery all under one roof. We offer many holistic treatments that can help you with your condition.
Spina Bifida can be Either Mild or Severe:
Mild Spina Bifida
The mild form is the most common form. It typically does not cause problems or need treatment. You can’t see the defect. So most people don’t know they have it until they get a back X-ray for another reason.
Severe Spina Bifida
The severe don not appear quite as often. There are two types:
Fluid leaks out of the spine and presses against the skin. You might see a bulge in the skin. In numerous cases, there are no other symptoms.
Although this is the most rare and severe form of spina bifida, it is the form most people mean when they define “spina bifida.” A segment of the spinal nerves push out of the spinal canal, and you might be able to see a bulge in the skin. The nerves are usually damaged, which can cause issues with walking, bladder or bowel control, and coordination. In numerous babies, the skin is open and the nerves are exposed.
Cause of Spina Bifida
The exact cause of this birth defect is not known. Experts believe that genes and the environment play a role of the cause. For example, women who have had one child with spina bifida are more likely to have another child with the disease. Women who are obese or who have diabetes are also more likely to have a child with spina bifida.
Symptoms of Spina Bifida
Your child’s symptoms will depend on how severe the defect is. With a mild defect, your child may have no symptoms or problems. Or your child might have a dimple, a birthmark, or a hairy patch on his or her back.
In severe cases, you might see nerves coming out of your child’s back or swelling on the spine. A child with a severe defect can have nerve damage that affects day to day activities. The child may have little or no feeling in the legs, feet, or arms. And he or she may not be able to move those parts of the body. Children with a severe defect are sometimes born with fluid buildup in the brain. They can also have this problem after birth. This can cause seizures,intellectual disability, or sight difficulties. Some children also get a curve in the spine, such as scoliosis. Many children who have severe spina bifida also typically develop an allergy to latex.
Treatment of Spina Bifid
Treatment depends on how severe the disease is. A lot of children suffering with spina bifida have only a mild case and might not need treatment. But a child with a severe defect may need surgery. If your child has problems from nerve damage, he or she can find aid in a brace or a wheelchair, walker, physical therapy, or chiropractic care.
Holistic therapies for Spina bifida:
Treatment will depend on the condition you are in and on the diagnosis of your child’s spina bifida.
Some common therapies we offer for numerous conditions include:
- Physical therapy
- Ultrasound therapy
- Nutrition changes
- Trigger point injections
- Manual adjustments
- Therapeutic exercises
- Massage therapy
- Physical therapy
- And many more…
Some things you can do to support your child are:
- Help your child be active and eat healthy foods
- Seek early treatment, provided your physician approves. A lot of children who have spina bifida and their parents work with people such as physical therapists or occupational therapists starting soon after the baby is born. Physical therapists can teach parents and caregivers how to do exercises and activities with the child.
- Keep your child away from latex products if he or she has a latex allergy.
- If your child has bladder control troubles, help him or her use a catheter each day. It can help prevent infection and kidney damage in your child.
- If your child has little or no feeling in the limbs and can’t sense pain, he or she may get injured and not know it. You may need to check your child’s skin each day for cuts, bruises, or other sores.
- When your child is ready to go to school, speak with teachers and other school staff. Public schools have programs for people ages 3 through 21 with special needs.
- Take good care of yourself so you have the energy to enjoy your child and attend to his or her needs.
- Ask for aid from support groups, family, and friends when you need it.
AdvaCare Clinics, located in Bloomington MN , offers a comprehensive rehabilitation approach that focuses on helping parents and the child understand their condition and treatment. Based on the needs of the patient, our physical therapists and chiropractors will work with other members of the rehabilitation team to create a retraining program tailored to your child’s needs to restore maximum function and mobility to your body.
Call AdvaCare Clinics (952) 835-6653 today if you have any questions about any of our therapies or to schedule a complimentary screening today. Our screenings have the ability to determine what treatments would be the most beneficial for you. We have many screenings that take about 5 to 10 minutes to assess if you need care and what combination of care would best work for you.