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Physiotherapy is an important way of helping someone with spina bifida to become as independent as possible. The main aim is to help with movement, prevent deformity, and stop the leg muscles weakening further.
This may involve daily exercises to help maintain strength in the leg muscles, as well as wearing special splints to support the legs.
Occupational therapy can help people find ways to carry out everyday activities and become more independent.
An occupational therapist can help work out practical solutions to problem areas such as getting dressed. They may for example provide equipment, such as handrails, to make the activity easier.
People who are unable to use their legs at all will usually require a wheelchair. Electric wheelchairs are available, but using a manual wheelchair can help to maintain good upper body strength.
Leg braces, splints and other walking aids can be used by people who have weak leg muscles.
Read more about treating paralysis and choosing mobility equipment, wheelchairs and scooters.
Jean Merrilees BSc MRCOT
Information Specialist - Enabling Environments
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