Spina Bifida is the most common and permantly disabling birth dect in the United States. It afects about 1,000 new borns in the U.S, SpinaBifida2.jpgmore children are affected by this disease more than Muscular Dytrophy, Multiple Sclerosis, and Cystic Fibrosis.

The condition may cause varying degrees of paralysis.
  • Loss of feeling in lower part of limbs
  • bladder and bowel problems
There are no visible conditions.

Spina Bifia affects functioning.
  • Weakness
  • Sensory loss in the legs and feet
  • Problems walking
  • Bowel and bladder infection or incintinence
  • Back pain

Spina Bifia is more or less a tethering spinal cord. The cord becomes tethered or stuck which amy cause streching of the cord and could afect the blood flow to a certain area.

Other symptoms of Spina Bifia are
  • Loss of muscle function
  • Decreaseof muscle tone
  • Pain while walking or standing for a long period of time
  • Worsening bladder infection
  • Strong back pain

Spina Bifia is usually caused during the first month of pregnancy and can not be corrected. Surguery can help in some aspects like removel of fator fibrous which will releave your spin from extra weight. Functioning of the spinal cord, it can also be preformed on the legs or feet to improve thier functioning.
The cause for Spina Bifia is not clearn because it is a strong combination of genetic and enviormental factors which give parents an increased risk of having a child with a neural tube defects. The first degree relative (parent) sibiling, the risk is about 1 in 25 chance. Its also natural for the child to have it during the birthing period.

Fact sheet: Spina Bifia occulta