Paralysis Symptoms

Overview of Paralysis

Paralysis is a condition where the individual loses their ability to move some or all parts of their body. Paralysis can have many causes, some of which may be attributed to physical trauma – like an accident, sickness and diseases – such as a brain tumour or stroke.

Even an ordinary function like sleep also induces paralysis. This is important as it prevents the limbs from flailing about and causing injury. Anaesthesia also contains many components to induce numbness and purposeful movements, which essentially causes a type of “controlled” paralysis.

Paralysis Causes

The major causes of paralysis include:

  • Stroke
  • Head injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Toxins
  • Peripheral neuropathy

Symptoms of Paralysis

Paralysis symptoms usually vary based on the causal factor. But below are the common characteristic symptoms of paralysis:

  1. Sudden or gradual onset of numbness to:
    1. Face
    2. One of the arms or legs
    3. Both the legs
    4. Both the arms and legs
    5. One side of the body
  2. Spastic or Flaccid muscles in the affected area
  3. Loss of balance
  4. Disorientation
  5. Dizziness

Paralysis Treatment

Heat massage, exercises, physiotherapy stimulates the nerves and muscles. Electrical stimulations are also used to treat patients.

To know more about paralysis treatment keep visiting BYJU’S website or download BYJU’S app for further reference.

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