What is Paralysis?
When an individual experiences a loss of muscle function in some part of their body, it is known as paralysis. It can range from localized to generalized, temporary to permanent and partial to complete. It can affect an individual at any point of time in their life and in any part of their body. when someone is experiencing it, chances are they will not feel pain in the area getting affected.
There are different types of Paralysis classified under broad headers:
- Flaccid or spastic
The Paralysis symptoms and reasons for paralysis are quite easy to identify. They differ based on the cause behind it but despite that, are still easy to identify. These common symptoms have been listed below for your reference and knowledge:
- When an individual loses functioning in a specific or even a widespread area of their body
- A mild feeling of some numbing or tingling right before a complete paralysis attack sets in.
- When it gets difficult or even impossible for an individual to control muscles in the part of the body where they have had a paralysis attack.
- An increase in muscle stiffness and decreased sense of feeling in the part of they body where they are affected.
Who is at Risk?
There are quite a few Paralysis risk factors that all individuals should be aware about as this can develop in anyone and at any stage in their life. We have mentioned them below for your reference and understanding of the same:
- Someone with a brain injury
- Multiple sclerosis
- Spinal injury
- Brain tumour
- Spinal tumour
- Being involved in accidents
- Transverse myelitis
- Spina bifida
- Muscular dystrophy
These are some commonly known red flags of this condition. If you suffer from any of the above mentioned illness or fall into any of these then immediately consult a doctor.
The Paralysis causes differ from individual to individual and situation to situation. It is often linked to different things. There are some people who are born paralyzed while others develop it during their lifetime due to accidents or other medical conditions as mentioned above. We have discussed below for your understanding some other causes:
- Defects in the individual at the time of birth
- Some sort of complication while the mother was pregnant
- Having experienced a traumatic brain injury
- Due to post-polio syndrome
- Someone with cerebral palsy
- An individual with neurofibromatosis
These are common causes that one should know.
How is Paralysis diagnosed?
For Paralysis diagnosis, a Paralysis doctor will need to perform a certain number of Paralysis tests in case if a physical exam and health history do not help. The doctor may check one or more of the following for better diagnosis:
- When it is in an external body part then it is easy to identify and diagnose just by looking at it
- For internal paralysis it is more difficult. The tests that may be conducted in this case include CT Scans, X-Rays, MRI Scans and other such imaging studies.
- Myelography is used if someone has a spinal cord injury.
- An electromyography may also be done to measure the electrical activity in your muscles to assess better.
How is Paralysis treated?
Paralysis treatment different depending on what is the cause behind getting the paralysis attack in the first place along with the symptoms that are being experienced. A doctor may prescribe:
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Surgery or even possible amputation
- Mobility aids like braces, wheelchairs, mobile scooters
In case these do not work then the doctor will prescribe medicine for Paralysis.
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How can Paralysis be prevented?
If you have been thinking about how to stop paralysis then are no set rules as such for Paralysis prevention as it can affect anyone and at any point of time in their life. However, there are some recommended precautionary measures that an individual can make to ensure it does not affect their quality of life. Some of these have been mentioned below for your understanding and consideration:
- Incorporate lifestyle changes when using mobility aids
- Join a support group to understand the situation better
- Meditation will help in calming down the nerves and focused breathing