For young people with spina bifida learning to be as independent as possible will help to create more opportunities in life. Talking to health care professionals about their condition.
The number of adults with spina bifida continues to grow.
Spina bifida adults. Finding new doctors that care for adults affected by spina bifida. It s a type of neural tube defect. For everyone born with spina bifida at least one spinal vertebra is only partly formed and the spinal cord at that point and below as well as the skin around the site are not properly developed.
Normal aging process including loss of muscle strength and flexibility less physical stamina and a decrease in sensory abilities tend to decline faster or more sever for adults with sb. Obtaining medical insurance if they are no longer covered under their parents health plan. Spina bifida in adults adults who have spina bifida face different problems than do children including.
For many years the medical community has focused on providing care for children and offers many children s clinics throughout the country. Young adults with spina bifida can provide or manage much of their own care. The neural tube is the structure in a developing embryo that eventually becomes the baby s brain spinal cord and the tissues that enclose them.
This can be a lot to manage when there are also the usual issues of puberty self identity and making relationships. Symptoms of myelomeningocele spina bifida include. Spina bifida is a birth defect that occurs when the spine and spinal cord don t form properly.
Open spinal canal over some vertebrae usually in the middle or lower part of the back membranes and spinal cord pushed outside the back in an. What are some of the issues for young people with spina bifida. Transition to adult services.
Spina bifida is the most frequently occurring permanently disabling birth defect. It affects the development of the spine spinal cord and the brain. About half of people living with spina bifida in the united states are adults.