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A person with a complete, traumatic spinal cord injury is paralyzed on one side of the body. This is a complete, traumatic spinal cord injury, and it’s usually caused by a car accident.

As a result of paralysis, the person cannot move their legs. They may also be unable to walk, but this is not common. Paralysis on one side of the body is called a hemiplegia.

The person may also be unable to control their bladder, bowels, or other muscles. They may have no sensation in their legs.

They may also have problems with bowel and bladder control. This is called fecal incontinence, and it can be very painful.

The person may also see a doctor for other reasons during this time, such as urinary tract infections.

If they have a severe injury that causes a complete spinal cord injury, they may not be able to move much beyond the shoulders.

If they have a mild injury that causes partial damage, they may be able to move their legs a little.

Sometimes the person may be able to move their legs but not their arms. They may also have a partial paralysis of the arm, which means that it’s weak and not able to perform a normal everyday task.

Paralysis caused by a stroke

A stroke is a stroke. It happens when the blood supply to the brain is cut off for a period of time. This can happen due to a blood vessel becoming blocked, or when a blood clot forms in a blood vessel in the brain.

A person may have partial paralysis on one side of their body because of a stroke. They may also have weakness of the arm, which may affect how they use their arm.

A person may also have a complete paralysis of one side of their body. This is called a hemiparesis.

Paralysis and paralysis

Paralysis is when one or more parts of the body are not working. Some people have a partial paralysis. This means that they have only a small part of their body working.

For example:

  • A person may have a partial paralysis of their foot, but they can still use their foot to walk.
  • A person may be partially paralyzed in one side of their body, but they can still move that side of their body.

Paralysis is different from a spinal cord injury.

People with a spinal cord injury normally have a whole, or complete, paralysis because of the injury. This means that they have no movement below their neck.

There are different types of paralysis.

Paralysis can happen in one or more parts of the body.

Spinal cord injury

A spinal cord injury is when the spinal cord is damaged. A spinal cord is a bundle of nerves that run down the middle of the back. These nerves carry signals from the brain to the rest of the body.

Spinal cord injuries are divided into two types:

  • Complete spinal cord injuries, which means that there is no movement below the neck.
  • Partial spinal cord injuries, which means that there is some movement below the neck.

Paralysis is common after a spinal cord injury.

Spinal cord damage is usually caused by a car accident. The person may also have a fracture of the spine that happened during the accident.

Spinal cord damage can also happen due to a stroke, which means that the blood supply to the spinal cord is cut off.

Paralysis after a spinal cord injury

Paralysis after a spinal cord injury can be partial or complete.

Paralysis after a spinal cord injury is usually caused by a complete spinal cord injury, which means that the person has no movement below the neck.

Depending on the cause of the spinal cord injury, a person might also have a partial paralysis below the neck.

Paralysis is usually temporary. It usually goes away over time.

Sometimes, however, paralysis can last a long time or even result in permanent damage. Paralysis is also sometimes caused by complications after the spinal cord injury.

Symptoms of paralysis

Paralysis can be hard to notice. It can also be hard to diagnose.

Common symptoms of paralysis include:

  • Feeling numbness or tingling
  • Muscle weakness
  • Muscle spasms
  • Muscle twitching
  • Lack of control over bowels and bladder
  • Loss of bladder control
  • Loss of bowel control
  • Inability to breathe or swallow
  • Trouble walking
  • Trouble walking on one side

Seeking help for paralysis

If a person has paralysis, they may be able to move their legs, but their arms can’t move.

To help a person with paralysis, a doctor may suggest:

  • Using a manual wheelchair to get around
  • Using a walker
  • Using a wheelchair
  • Using crutches

If a person can’t move around, a doctor may suggest:

  • Using a wheelchair or other mobility device
  • Using a scooter
  • Using a manual wheelchair
  • Using special equipment, such as a walker or toilet
  • Using a bed or a walker

Some doctors will also suggest surgery. This is because the paralysis is often permanent.

To help a person prepare for surgery, a doctor may recommend:

  • Getting a diagnosis
  • Talking to the person about the results of the tests
  • Listening to the person’s concerns

A doctor may recommend surgery if the person is at high risk of complications or there are no other options.

Paralysis can affect a person’s quality of life. It can also cause social isolation.

Getting support for paralysis

Having paralysis can make it hard to get around.

A person needs emotional support to cope with the changes that paralysis can cause.

Someone can try:

  • Getting support from family and friends

Last point

Paralysis can be difficult to treat. Talk to the person’s doctor when they have concerns about their paralysis.

If they have symptoms of a spinal cord injury, they should be checked by a doctor.

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