Treating Spina Bifida

Treatments for the symptoms or conditions associated with spina bifida include:

  • surgery soon after birth to close the opening in the spine and treat hydrocephalus
  • therapies to help make day-to-day life easier and improve independence, such as physiotherapy and occupational therapy
  • assistive devices and mobility equipment, such as a wheelchair, or walking aids
  • treatments for bowel and urinary problems

With the right treatment and support, many children with spina bifida survive well into adulthood.

It can be a challenging condition to live with, but many adults with spina bifida are able to lead independent and fulfilling lives.

Read more about treating spina bifida.

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