Medical functional and social determinants of health related quality of life in individuals with myelomeningocele. Children born with spina bifida today require some special treatment.
Children with spina bifida must be educated to protect their joint to prevent early arthritis caused by overexertion and overuse reference bier ja prince a tremont m msall m.
Spina bifida physical therapy. Multiple surgeries starting as early as 48 hours after birth physical therapy bowel and or bladder surgery helps prevent infection and social stigmatism latex allergies are often present in many cases special centers are better equipped to treat children with spina bifida and have a variety of specialists on staff. Caregivers of children with spina bifida can help adjust activities to accommodate physical limitations. Physical therapy is also important for the prevention of other possible problems such as obesity by identifying activities that encourage continued participation in sports or other fitness based activities that promote lifelong health and wellness.
As more individuals with spina bifida are living longer lives physical therapists can help children and adults with spina bifida gain and maintain mobility and function at their best throughout all stages of life. Many children with spina bifida have normal intelligence but some may need educational intervention for learning problems. Physical therapists also recommend appropriate equipment such as braces walkers and wheelchairs to help people with spina bifida increase their functional mobility.
For more information about spina bifida for patients and families visit the american physical therapy association s moveforward site. Increasing physical activity for individuals with spina bifida may be critical since a loss of strength or fitness may lead to less independence and function in carrying out activities of daily living. The role of the physiotherapist in the early management of children with spina bifida is extremely important as it helps the child to develop an efficient and purposeful movement that can be incorporated into everyday tasks.