Spina Bifida comes from a Latin term which means “split spine”.
Spina Bifida describes a group of spinal abnormalities that occurs in the first four weeks of a pregnancy. In this time the baby’s developing spine (neural tube) fails to close properly. Spina Bifida is the incomplete development of:
- The spinal cord
- The bones forming the spinal column (vertebrae)
- The overlying skin.
Each child will have an individualised treatment plan developed by the Spina Bifida team, in partnership with their family.
Hydrocephalus (too much fluid in the brain) and Arnold Chiari Malformation (abnormal development of the brain) are often associated with Spina Bifida. Spina Bifida can occur anywhere along the length of the spine and affects each child differently.
Services for Spina Bifida
StGiles’ therapy team of occupational therapists, physiotherapists, psychologists, social workers and speech pathologists can provide the following services for those with spina bifida: