What is Spina Bifida?
Spina Bifida is a condition that affects the spine and is usually apparent at birth. It is a type of neural tube defect (NTD). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1,500 babies are born each year with Spina Bifida in the United States. Spina Bifida can happen anywhere along the spine if the neural tube does not close all the way. When the neural tube doesn’t close all the way, the backbone that protects the spinal cord doesn’t form and close as it should. This often results in damage to the spinal cord and nerves. Spina Bifida might cause physical and intellectual disabilities that range from mild to severe. The severity depends on:
- The size and location of the opening in the spine.
- Whether part of the spinal cord and nerves are affected.
For more information download this fact sheet.
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SBWIS Board of Directors and Staff Members
Karen Drzewiecki, OTR
James B. Hanley, Esq.
Michael Moulton, CPA
Kathy Mohar, CTRS/LMT
Jeanne Bowman, Dana Gass, Tim Gerds, Dr. Bruce Kaufman, Eileen Sherburne, Harpreet Singh-Gill, Brittney Stich, Jacob Peplinski and Jessica Hammond
Tonya Villwock, BSW