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Paralysis occurs when a person loses the ability to move one or more muscles of the body. It may be associated with loss of feeling and other bodily functions.
Symptoms of paralysis
Paralysis can be classified in a number of different ways. For example, it can be localised, affecting a particular part of the body, or generalised, affecting a wider area.
Causes of paralysis
The four most common causes of paralysis are stroke, head injury, spinal cord injury and multiple sclerosis.
Diagnosing paralysis
Diagnosing paralysis is not usually necessary if the cause is obvious – for example, if paralysis has occurred after a stroke.
Treating paralysis
There is currently no cure for paralysis. Treatment focuses on helping you adapt to life with paralysis by making you as independent as possible.
Complications of paralysis
A person with paralysis can develop a number of complications, including autonomic dysreflexia, sexual problems and depression.
If you are paralysed it is very important that you take measures to prevent getting pressure ulcers.