Spina Bifida Clinic
At the Johns Hopkins All Children's Spina Bifida Clinic, we understand a diagnosis of spina bifida requires lifelong treatment with multiple specialists. Our team of experts based in St. Petersburg, Florida, ensure that your child has the opportunity for their highest level of function.
Comprehensive care for spina bifida
Our Spina Bifida Clinic offers a comprehensive approach to caring for your child. Our team helps you make decisions through family-centered care that promote independence as much as possible into adulthood. This begins with a well-coordinated plan involving evaluations and the latest therapies at every stage of their life.
We develop a personalized and coordinated care plan for your child. This involves our team and a range of experts conveniently located within the hospital to be involved with the care of your child.
- Pediatric rehabilitation medicine
- Pediatric neurosurgery
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Social work
We meet with each patient to set goals for age-appropriate care at each developmental stage.
Patients at the Spina Bifida Clinic can also be referred to the following specialties:
Our Approach to Spina Bifida Care
Spina bifida is often diagnosed through prenatal testing, through a blood test or prenatal ultrasound. Amniocentesis and other tests can also be performed to detect or confirm the presence of spina bifida.
At times, if relatively small, spina bifida is not diagnosed during pregnancy and discovered at or after birth.
Treatment options for spina bifida depend upon the type and severity. A neural tube defect can involve different areas of the body beyond the nervous and skeletal systems. Your child may require the expertise of a team of medical professionals.
Families that face spina bifida have a good reason for hope because most children with this defect go on to live active and productive lives. Some go on to college, hold jobs in a range of professions and have families. This is especially true with encouragement and support from loved ones and the best resources available.
Watch and Be Inspired by Harper's Story
Two-year-old Harper was born with spina bifida, a birth defect which can cause paralysis. But with help from pediatric therapists at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital, Harper is exceeding expectations and inspiring others with her story.
Spina Bifida Association
The mission of the Spina Bifida Association is to build a better and brighter future for all those impacted by spina bifida.
Hillsborough County Adaptive Sports Program
HC Adaptive Sports provides year-round sports and recreation programs that promote physical activity, healthy lifestyles, and recreational and competitive sports opportunities for children and adults with physical disabilities.
Johns Hopkins Medicine
Learn more about spina bifida, a group of congenital conditions involving the failure of normal development of the spinal cord and vertebrae.
For more information or to make an appointment, give us a call at the phone number below. We serve families in the greater Tampa Bay area and beyond.