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Levels of Paralysis

Temporary or permanent inability to move some or all of the body is referred to as paralysis. This is often a result of nerve damage to cells that are responsible for relaying messages to the brain from the damaged area.

Most spinal cord injuries are incomplete, which means some signals may still be relayed to the brain. By contrast, complete spinal cord injuries compress or sever the nerves entirely, making it impossible for them to relay necessary signals to the brain.

Types of Paralysis

When examining factors of paralysis, medical practitioners typically classify the injury into one of four groups based on what part of the body is affected.

Paraplegia

This refers to paralysis below the waist, usually affecting the legs, hips, and sexual functionalities. It severely limits functionality and movement but does not necessarily constitute total paralysis. Victims of this type of paralysis can often regain some functions through physical therapy, which can help retrain the brain and spinal cord while strengthening muscles.

Monoplegia

This often affects a single portion of the body and results from strokes, cerebral palsy, tumors, nerve damage, brain injuries, or nerve impingement. If the nerves in the damaged area are not severed, physical therapy can help restore significant function to the paralyzed area.

Quadriplegia

This form of paralysis is anything below the neck, affecting all four limbs and the torso. This condition may also affect the function of the injured victim's heart, lungs, and other vital organs. The degree of disability associated with this injury varies by case, but some people with quadriplegia can regain some or all functionality through physical therapy and exercise. Common causes may include brain injuries, spinal or brain infection, and congenital abnormalities.

Hemiplegia

This is when paralysis occurs in both limbs on the same side of the body. Usually, it begins as a tingling sensation but will then progress to muscle weakness and eventually turns into complete paralysis. Physical and occupational therapy are often recommended for treatment.

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