Marathon in the City

Dr. McNamara is running the Chicago Marathon to help support!

Spina Bifida Research

Dr. McNamara is committed to running 26 miles and raising $2500 to support Spina Bifida research.  As a Chiropractor he knows the significance of spinal disorders and how they impact the life and well-being of a patient.

Spina Bifida is the most common permanently disabling birth defect that is associated with life. Approximately 166,000 individuals in the United States have Spina Bifida.

It’s a type of neural tube defect (NTD) that occurs when a baby’s neural tube fails to develop or close properly – the literal meaning for Spina Bifida is “split spine.” Typically occurring within the first 28 days of pregnancy while the neural tube is forming, Spina Bifida often occurs before a woman knows she is pregnant. 

Commonly referred to as the “snowflake condition” of birth defects because no two cases are the same, Spina Bifida can range from mild to severe. The severity depends on everything from the size of the opening to the location on the spine.

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