Spina Bifida

About Spina Bifida

Spina bifida is a fault in the development of the spine and spinal cord which leaves a gap in the spine.

During the first month of life, an embryo (developing baby) grows a structure called the neural tube that will eventually form the spine and nervous system.

In cases of spina bifida, something goes wrong and the spinal column (the bone that surrounds and protects the nerves) does not fully close. Spina bifida is also known as split spine.

The exact causes are unknown, but several risk factors have been identified, the most significant being a lack of folic acid before and at the very start of pregnancy.

There are a number of different types of spina bifida, the most serious being myelomeningocele (affecting one pregnancy in every 1,000 in Britain). Ottobock's mobility solutions can improve your quality of life if you have spina bifida.



Other suitable wheelchairs


The Motus is an adaptive wheelchair that can be customised to your unique preferences. Adjustable on the fly, the swing-away footrests and height-adjustable back allows for more comfortable seating.



If your child has Spina Bifida, the BRAVOracer is the perfect wheelchair. A practical, compact all-rounder that handles any everyday situation effortlessly and is easy to stow for transportation. An active wheelchair developed based on the body and growth data of children, that adapts to a child's requirements.