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Paralysis can be caused due to various reasons, and the most common reasons are any form of injury to the spinal cord or head, stroke and multiple sclerosis. At the moment, there is no cure available for paralysis yet. While this can be a difficult thing to live with, especially if you or your loved one has suffered a paralytic attack, there are various aids and methods that can bring some improvement in the condition.

The time taken to recover from a paralysis attack can differ from patient to patient. Also, the amount of recovery that the patient will experience can differ from person to person, wherein some patients may achieve more positive results as compared to others. Your doctor, as well as your physiotherapist, will be able to let you know about your overall condition and recovery chances based on the severity of your condition, and also based on how well you follow the rehabilitation process.

The type of paralysis that a patient suffers from will depend on the type of injury or cause that led to the paralytic attack. As a result, the doctor will analyse the patient’s overall condition and then suggest the right type of treatment approach.

Here are the different types of paralysis that affect most people:

Quadriplegia

Quadriplegia

It is the type of paralysis in which all four limbs of the patient, as well as the main body, is affected with paralysis. This type of paralysis occurs when a person suffers an injury to the spinal cord above the thoracic vertebra (the segments in the upper area of the spine). In some patients, quadriplegia can also take the form of tetraplegia, which is a type of paralytic condition in which the patient loses any sort of sensation and movement in three limbs.

Paraplegia

paraplegia

It is the type of paralysis in which the patient loses the ability of movement in both the legs. This type of paralysis occurs when a person suffers from an injury below the thoracic vertebra. Most people who are confined to a wheelchair after suffering from a paralytic attack have paraplegia.

Monoplegia

monoplegia

It is the type of paralysis in which the patient loses the ability of movement in any one limb. This type of paralysis takes place when the person suffers from a spinal injury in which there is some damage to some of the localized areas in the peripheral nervous system (the part of the nervous system which contains the nerves that are outside the brain and spinal cord). It could also happen from damage to related parts in the motor cortex (the part of the brain that is involved in the process of helping you plan, control and execute various voluntary movements).

Diplegia

diplegia

It is the type of paralysis in which the person will lose any form of sensation and the ability for movement in symmetrical parts of their body, such as on both sides of the face or both the arms and so on. These are the two most common parts of the body that are affected in case of diplegia. This type of paralysis also happens when the person suffers from any type of injury to the spinal cord.

Hemiplegia

hemiplegia

It is the type of paralysis in which the person loses any form of sensation and the ability for movement in only one side of the body. As a result, there will be no sensation or ability of movement in that entire area from the affected part down one entire side. This type of paralysis often happens when the person suffers from stroke that affects one hemisphere in the brain.

The Brunnstrom approach was first developed by an occupation and physical therapist named Signe Brunnstrom from Sweden, in the 1960s. It has 7 stages, where each stage explains the way a patient can regain motor control after suffering an attack.

Stage 1

Stage 2

Stage 3

Stage 4

Stage 5

Stage 6

Stage 7

In addition to helping you customize an exercise plan that will help you bring back some movement in your limbs, a physiotherapist can also help you in the following ways:

Benefits Of Using A Customized Physiotherapy Rehabilitation Plan

At Care24, our team of experienced and trained physiotherapists will assist you in carrying out all the required types of exercises right in the comfort of your home. As a result, you will not be required to make any additional trips and will be in the company of your family members.

The therapist will offer you complete personal attention, which is always helpful in speeding up the recovery process. The therapist will also be able to assess your condition on a daily basis, as well as keep a track of your overall progress, based on which they can modify the exercise plan.

Each session with our Care24 physiotherapist lasts for at least 30 minutes, and can be extended if the therapist feels it is required. During the session, the therapist will help the patient carry out various exercises that will improve mobility. These exercises can be simple ones, or the therapist will use additional support tools.

Does Age Affect The Time Taken To Recover From Paralysis?

Age may have a bearing on how long you take to recover from paralysis, as your body will take longer to heal. Also, if you are suffering from any other type of health condition, it will have a direct impact on the overall time it takes for you to recover from paralysis.

Real Survivor Story

22 year old Simarpreet Singh suffered a paralytic attack in the year 2005, after being in an accident. However, this young man who was paralysed from the waist down, went on to top the CAT with a score of 99.97 percentile. The young man, who now works in a private firm, has been in a wheelchair ever since the accident. You can read his full story. Read more…

A professional caregiver can help take care of most of the caring needs for a paralysis patient at home. You can book an appointment today on our website, and also speak to the doctor for various treatment options.

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