Paraplegia

Paraplegia is a form of paralysis in which the body control in lost below the waist. It is also called partial paralysis. In most cases paraplegics have perfectly healthy legs but they cannot control them due to an injury of brain or spinal cord which cannot transmit or receive signals to the lower body. The degree of paraplegia varies from person to person. Physical therapy along with treatment can help paraplegics to live an independent life. Though in most cases a cure for paraplegia is not possible but quality of life can be enhanced by therapy. At HPFY find products that will ease the daily activities and help in attaining certain degree of independence in life.

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Causes of Paraplegia

  • Car and bike accidents Falls 

  • Violence Serious 

  • Sports injuries like diving accidents 

  • Medical or surgical injuries 

  • Diseases or genetic anomalies 

  • Strokes 

  • Genetic disorders like hereditary spastic paraplegia 

  • Oxygen deprivation to the brain or spinal cord as a consequence of choking, pregnancy complications, and etc 

  • Autoimmune disorders 

  • Brain or spinal cord  

  • Infections 

  • Brain or Spinal Cord Tumors, Lesions, or Cancer 

  • Spinal Cord disorders like Syrinx

Effects of Paraplegia

  • Loss of control and sensation in the lower body below the site of injury. 

  • Higher the injury site greater will be the loss of sensation 

  • Pain, electrical sensations and other intermittent feelings also called phantom sensations may occur Loss of sexual function, libido or fertility 

  • Incontinence or Constipation due to decreased bladder and bowel control 

  • Depression and mood swings 

  • Weight gain due to reduced activity level 

  • Pressure sores 

  • Skin irritations 

  • Infections or lesions on the site of injury

Treatment of Paraplegia

Spinal cord injuries are not curable but surgery can reduce the swelling, lesions and pain at the site of injury. Also it is necessary to remove any foreign objects if any. Medications may be prescribed by your doctor to reduce the risk of infection, clotting and other resulting issues. Physical therapy can help in regaining some amount of function if possible. Occupational therapy can help in developing new skills to help you live an independent life. HPFY offers to you a range of products that ease the day to day functions for people with paraplegia. Transfer systems like the BeasyTrans Beasy II Patient Transfer System helps in transferring patients from bed to wheelchair or commode chair etc. For managing incontinence catheters like the Coloplast Self-Cath Closed System Intermittent Catheter can be used. For picking and grabbing distant objects Mabis DMI Aluminum Reacher with Slip Resistant Handle And Serrated Jaw For Secure Grip can be of great use. In order to reduce shear and pressure ROHO High Profile Single Compartment Cushion can be used. HPFY offers many other products for care of your loved ones going through paraplegia.