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Paraplegia

Paraplegia

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Paraplegia is a medical condition in which a person loses the ability to move and feel sensations in their lower body, usually due to a spinal cord injury. It is a form of paralysis that affects the lower half of the body, including the legs, hips, and lower torso. A traumatic injury can cause paraplegia to the spinal cord, a tumor, or a degenerative disease such as multiple sclerosis or spina bifida.

The severity of paraplegia depends on the location and extent of the injury to the spinal cord. In some cases, the person may be able to move their legs but not their hips or torso. In other cases, the person may be completely paralyzed from the waist down.

Paraplegia can have a significant impact on a person’s quality of life. People with paraplegia may experience physical limitations, such as difficulty walking or standing, as well as emotional and social challenges. They may also experience pain, spasms, and other physical symptoms.

Fortunately, treatments are available to help people with paraplegia manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life. Physical therapy, occupational therapy, and assistive technology can all help people with paraplegia regain some of their mobility and independence. In addition, medications, surgery, and other treatments may be used to reduce pain and spasms.

If you or someone you know is living with paraplegia, it is important to seek medical advice and support. Working with a team of healthcare professionals can help you find the best treatment options for your individual needs.

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References

  • Spinal Cord Injury: Paraplegia. (2020). Retrieved from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/spinal-cord-injury/symptoms-causes/syc-20377890
  • Paraplegia. (2020). Retrieved from https://www.ninds.nih.gov/Disorders/All-Disorders/Paraplegia-Information-Page
  • Paraplegia. (2020). Retrieved from https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/paraplegia