Spina bifida is a birth defect in which membranes of the spine and the spine itself are not fully developed. October is spina bifida awareness month. The caring people at the Spina Bifida Association have posted this brief video to help spread awareness of Spina Bifida month.
In October, the Spina Bifida Association and other organizations will be putting on events designed to help better inform the public about this challenging medical condition.
Help Spread Spina Bifida Awareness
The severity of spina bifida depends on the size and location of the opening of the spine that the condition causes. The severity of the condition is also greatly affected by the part of the spine where the opening is located and which nerves of the spinal cord are in that location.
There are three types of spina bifida. They are Myelomeningocele, Meningocele, and Spina Bifida Occulta. Myelomeningocele is the most severe, causing a sac of fluid to come through part of the child’s back. Meningocele has the same effect but the spinal cord is not in the sac. Finally, Spina Bifida Occulta is the mildest form of spina bifida, and can sometimes even go undiagnosed for years. Remember, the more you know the more you can educate others, and help bring an end to this condition.