When your muscles cannot move independently, it results in paralysis- from a neurological condition.
Symptoms indicating paralysis
The inability to move any portion of your body is the primary sign of paralysis.
It may begin abruptly or gradually. It sometimes comes and goes.
Any area of the body can experience paralysis, including:
- The head
- The wrists
- One leg or arm (monoplegia)
- The body’s one side (hemiplegia)
- Each of the limbs (tetraplegia or quadriplegia)
Your body’s impacted area might also be:
- Stiff with sporadic muscular spasms (spastic paralysis)
- Foppy (flaccid paralysis)
- Tingling, numb, or uncomfortable
Why does paralysis happen?
Paralysis is a consequence of problems in the nervous system. The body receives instructions from the brain, which transmits impulses throughout it. Muscles cannot abide by orders if the nervous system is impaired.
Individuals who are born with specific genetic abnormalities result in paralysis, such as spina bifida. More frequently, muscle and nerve function stumble by a severe accident or medical condition.
The two leading causes of paralysis are strokes and spinal cord injury.
Additional factors include:
- Autoimmune diseases
- Brain injuries
- Neurological diseases
When to consult a doctor?
If you have paralysis or weakness that:
- started gradually
- is slowly growing worse
- comes and goes
A doctor can perform various tests. If they are unclear about what is causing your symptoms, they could recommend you to a hospital expert for more testing.
Support and treatments for paralysis
Although paralysis can significantly impact your life, resources are available to help you live independently and with the highest quality of life possible.
Paralyzed people can benefit from a variety of things, including:
- Limb supports and wheelchairs are examples of mobility devices (braces)
- Medicines treat issues like pain, stiffness, and muscular spasms
Reviewed by – Dr. Priyanka, MBBS MD Microbiology
Page last reviewed: 16 JULY 2022