Phoenix Paralysis Injury Lawyer, Chris Zachar of Zachar Law Firm explains the life changing injuries of spinal cord injury and paralysis.
Paralysis is a loss of the ability to move voluntarily. paralysis victim may be unable to use muscles, tendons or joints that normally control body movement. It happens when there is a break in the central nervous system between the brain and the muscle. When paralysis is caused by damage to the spinal cord, parts of the body below the point of damage are adversely affected. Paralysis can affect almost any part of the body, large or small. It can be complete (with total loss of feeling) or incomplete (loss of control but not feeling). The main cause of paralysis is trauma.
Paraplegia is paralysis that affects all or part of the trunk, legs and pelvic organs (everything below the waist). Some who suffer from paraplegia can still walk with a cane or walker. Many victims are confined to wheelchairs. Paraplegics can lose use and/or sensation of affected limbs. They may also suffer from sexual dysfunction and incontinence.
Quadriplegia is also called tetraplegia. The arms, hands, trunk, legs and pelvic organs are all paralyzed. It is usually caused by trauma near the top of the spine. However, it is possible to suffer a broken neck without becoming quadriplegic. Quadriplegics normally suffer from sexual dysfunction and incontinence. They also can have problems with breathing, making them ventilator dependent. Quadriplegics’ immobility can lead to additional physical and psychological problems.
Common Causes and Effects of Paralysis
A break in the system of nerves that leads to paralysis is often caused by a spinal cord injury. These injuries are often associated with catastrophic car/motorcycle accidents, slip and fall accidents and many many more.
Paralysis from a point in the chest (thoracic injury) or lower back (lumbar injury) can affect the torso and legs, bowel and bladder control, and sexual function. If the paralysis occurs from a point in the neck (cervical injury), it would also limit movements of the individual’s arms and, possibly, their ability to breathe.
Suffering an accident or disease that results in any degree of paralysis is a major life-changing event. Paralysis victims require expensive medical help, including drugs and therapy. They may need assistive devices for personal use. Patients may require splints, wheelchairs or hospital beds. They may also need to adapt their homes to the requirements of their limited mobility. Some paralysis patients need specialized in-home health care.
1 in 50 people living with paralysis in the U.S. which equates to over 6 million people.
Paralysis is a devastating condition that can turn the lives of the victim and their family upside down. After a paralyzing injury, victims need extensive medical treatment, physical therapy and other care. They will likely need to use a wheelchair or other assistive devices.
Furthermore, they may have to change jobs or not be able to work altogether. Paralysis comes with severe physical, emotional and financial hardships that are difficult to face.