What is Paralysis?

Paralysis, simply put, is the loss of muscle function in part or full body of an Individual. Paralysis can be gradual or sudden without any symptoms. Some forms of paralysis are curable through proper vaccination and physiotherapy.

 

Types of Paralysis:

There are essentially four types of Paralysis which are as follows;

Palsy – paralysis accompanied with involuntary tremors.

Hemiplagia – paralysis of the one side of the body – face, arms and legs.

Paraplegia – paralysis of the lower half of the body.

Quadriplegia – paralysis of the arms and legs.

 

Causes of Paralysis

Paralysis is the result of damage to the nervous system especially the spinal cord. Paralysis can be due to many reasons that can range from injury, accidents and diseases. Some of the major reasons of paralysis are Stroke, Brain Injury Trauma with nerve injury, Cerebral Palsy, Lyme disease, Botulism, ALS, Peripheral Neuropathy, Poliomyelitis, Spina Bifida, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy and Guillian – Barre Syndrome among others.

 

Paralysis of the left side of the body

Paralysis of the left side of the body or ‘Left Hemiplegia’, is the paralysis of the entire left side of a person, from the face muscle to the left legs. Complete treatment of Paralysis of the left side of the body is possible through the help of medication and physiotherapy for paralysis.

 

Causes:

  • Paralysis of the left side of the body is caused due Hemorrhage or blood clot in the right hemisphere of the brain.
  • Spine Fracture and or internal bleeding can also cause paralysis of the left side of the body.
  • Various neurological conditions like Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Multiple Sclerosis, Inherited muscle disease and cerebral palsy can lead to paralysis of the left side of the body.
  • Basically any disease or injury affecting the right hemisphere of the brain can cause Paralysis of the left side of the body.

 

Symptoms of Paralysis especially the paralysis of the left side of the body:

Sometimes paralysis can be sudden in many cases, owing to various conditions, while in other cases it can be slow and gradual. Few of the paralysis symptoms are as follows;

  • Gradual loss of muscle control.
  • Unable to use arms and legs properly.
  • Weakened vision in the left eye.
  • Difficulty in swallowing.
  • Loss of balance or walking with a limp.
  • Loss of control in the bowel and bladder movement.
  • Slurred speech

Treatment of Paralysis

Paralysis treatment in India has made long strides in terms of providing better healthcare, treatments and physiotherapy for paralysis. There still needs lot to be done to provide complete paralysis treatment, however, recent experiments conducted on rats and cats shows that damaged nerves can be repaired and severed spinal cord can also be regenerated, but it is a long way before such maneuvers can be tried in humans. So unless, a major breakthrough is announced in the paralysis treatment in India, sadly, there is little that can be done apart from a few cases where it is curable to a certain extent.

The varied types of paralysis have different treatment plans for instance, the onset of Poliomyelitis can be prevented through vaccination, and a large number of people with Guillian – Barre syndrome make recovery on their own. Sometimes Doctors even recommend Functional Electrical Stimulation to treat paralysis. In this treatment plan electrical impulses are used to stimulate the muscles to restore function.

 

Some of the things that can provide some relief to paralyzed people are as follows;

  1. Mobility Equipments – Mobility equipments like wheelchairs or braces offer a lot of relief to the paralyzed individuals.
  2. Physiotherapy for paralysis – Physiotherapy is crucial in the treatment of paralysis and help paralyzed people maintain the remaining muscle mass and strength.
  3. Occupational Therapy – Occupational therapy also forms a crucial part in the treatment of paralysis. The therapy makes the individual relearn everyday activities like dressing, cooking to better adjust them to the new changes.

 

Eligibility for Paralysis Treatment

There are no such eligibility criteria as per to seek treatment for paralysis, however, there are certain treatment plans that have pain as a major side effect and as such these treatments are administered on the concession of the patient. However certain therapies are offered to certain types of paralysis, like;

  • People with lower body paralysis are eligible for Functional Electrical Stimulation.
  • Physiotherapy can be painful and of long duration and is offered to selected paralyzed patients.

 

Post Treatment Guidelines

The main thing to be kept in mind while undergoing paralysis treatment and post treatment is following the diet recommended and diligently exercising. Some of the essential dietary needs of a paralyzed patient include B complex vitamins, B12 Vitamins and Fatty acids among others.

 

Things to keep in mind:

  1. Paralysis is a condition that is not fully curable, although certain improvement can be brought about, that too not in all cases.
  2. The results of paralysis treatment are not permanent and the patient can suffer from relapse.

 

Physiotherapy for Paralysis:

Physiotherapy for paralysis is one of the best treatment for paralysis, as it helps the patient to strengthen and maintain the muscle mass and also to make recovery to some extent. It also helps in blood circulation and relaxation of the muscles. It even helps in bringing down the inflammation in case of trauma and help in restricting the damage. It is highly advised that physical therapy be started as soon as possible after doctor’s consultation and under the watchful eyes of a trained physiotherapist. However, it should be noted that physical therapy can be time consuming and also a tad painful.

How we can help?

There is no cure for paralysis. However, certain paralysis treatment can help patients recover but only to a certain extent. Since paralyzed patients are not mobile, they need paralysis treatment at home. Working in this regard, Portea offers world class in – home physical therapy for paralysis. Our paralysis treatment procedure is highly appreciated owing to the empathetic approach of our experienced physiotherapists, who work as per the progress of the patient and not rush them into a more painful situation.

 

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    Dr Pankaj had been a great help.  He knows how to get the patient in comfort zone and give the best treatment. The exercise given by him are truly very helpful and has reduced my pain to a great extent.  He is always on time and at times, he had to wait for me but never got irritated.  Thank you Dr Pankaj.

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    Dr. Yasir is a physiotherapist  par excellence .  He is not only extremely dedicated to his profession but his knowledge of working on every muscle and sinew of the human body is amazing.  He is polite and is also a very attentive listener.  He is undoubtedly more than an asset to Portea.

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