Paralysis is the loss of strength in and the loss of control over one or more limbs or groups of limbs. Most of the time, this is not the result of the injury of any one of the muscles or limbs affected. Instead, it comes from an injury in your spinal cord or brain.  

What Types of Paralysis Are There? 

Depending on the type, location, and severity of your injury, there are many different types of paralysis that you could suffer from. Paralysis can be general (all over your body), localized (affects a small part of your body such as face or vocal cords), or it can affect a single limb or series of limbs.  

  1. Partial: With this type of paralysis, you still have some control over your muscles, although this control may be sporadic.  
  2. Complete: When you cannot move the affected muscles at all.  
  3. Permanent: When you never regain control of your muscles.  
  4. Temporary: When some or all muscle control returns.  
  5. Flaccid: When the muscles shrink and become flabby due to disuse. 
  6. Spastic: When the muscles grow tight and jerk around rapidly.  

What Injuries Cause Paralysis After A Car Accident? 

While there are many ways to become paralyzed, including strokes and other neurological issues, there are very specific injuries that cause paralysis after a car accident. Paralysis is caused when something interrupts the connection between your brain and your limbs. Therefore, any injury that affects your brain, neck, or spinal cord has a greater risk of causing paralysis.  

What are the Symptoms of Paralysis? 

The symptoms of paralysis are fairly easy to recognize. Apart from the obvious loss of function in your limbs, here are some symptoms of paralysis:  

  • Numbness or Pain in the Affected Muscles 
  • Muscle Weakness 
  • Stiffness in the Affected Muscles 
  • Involuntary Spasms or Twitches 

Paralysis Resources 

If you have been paralyzed, the first thing you should do is go to your doctor and seek medical attention. After you have seen a specialist, you might find these resources helpful.  

Next Step Phoenix 

Arizona Spinal Cord Injury Association 

Newsome Melton Spinal Cord Injury Support Groups 

Spinal Cord Injury Support Groups  

Will 2 Walk Foundation  

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