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What is Paraplegia?

Paraplegia is a form of paralysis in which body control is 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 to the 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, therapy can enhance the quality of life. At HPFY, find paraplegia medical devices/paraplegic equipment that will ease daily activities and help in attaining a certain degree of independence in life.

Types of Paralysis

There are a variety of paraplegic equipments to help individuals with lower body paralysis.

1. Monoplegia

Monoplegia is a paralysis that impacts one limb, such as an arm or leg, on one side of your body.

2. Hemiplegia

Hemiplegia affects one arm and one leg on the same side of your body. Several vascular conditions may cause hemiplegia, injuries, infections, and congenital disorders.

3. Paraplegia

Paraplegia affects both of your legs. This usually happens because of injuries to your nervous system, especially your spinal cord, but it can also happen with various medical conditions and diseases.

4. Quadriplegia

Quadriplegia refers to paralysis from the neck down, including the trunk, legs, and arms. It is also known as tetraplegia and affects your arms and legs.

Paralysis Types

Paraplegia Medical Devices

  1. Wheelchairs: Wheelchairs are mobility aids that allow individuals with paraplegia to move around independently. They come in different types, including manual and power wheelchairs.
  2. Standing frames: These devices are designed to help individuals with paraplegia to stand upright and bear weight on their legs, which can help to maintain bone density and prevent complications.
  3. Walkers and crutches: These assistive devices can help individuals with paraplegia to walk short distances with the support of their upper body.
  4. Transfer aids: Transfer aids, such as transfer boards, swivel seats, and transfer poles, can help individuals with paraplegia to transfer from their wheelchair to a car or bed with greater ease and safety.
  5. Pressure relief cushions and mattresses: These devices are designed to reduce pressure on the skin and prevent pressure sores, which are common complications for individuals with paraplegia.
  6. Bowel and bladder management devices: These devices, such as catheters or bowel stimulators, can help individuals with paraplegia to manage their bowel and bladder function.
  7. Adaptive equipment: There are many different types of adaptive paraplegic equipment available, including devices to assist with dressing, grooming, and eating.

Causes of Paraplegia

What are the Effects of Paraplegia?

Treatment of Paraplegia


Can paraplegia be cured?

Paraplegia is generally the result of an injury, but it can also be caused by conditions that damage your spinal cord or brain. Proper treatment can help paraplegic patients in managing their condition.

How to care for a paraplegic person?

There are a lot of ways that can help you to care for a paraplegic patient. Health Products for You brings you a wide range of paraplegia medical devices for paraplegic patients, including reachers, leg lifters, catheters, and many more.

What is the difference between paraplegic and quadriplegic?

Paraplegia and Quadriplegia are two types of paralysis that have some differences :

Where to buy Paraplegia Medical Devices online?

HPFY offers you a range of products that ease the day-to-day functions of people with paraplegia. Transfer systems like the BeasyTrans Beasy II Patient Transfer System help transfer patients from bed to wheelchair, commode chair, etc. For 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 the care of your loved ones going through paraplegia.

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Keep Moving! Living with Paraplegia

Kevin Cleary Sep 25,2015

A lack of mobility is associated with a spinal cord injury and paraplegia. While this may be the case, there is no reason you should become housebound and not enjoy this wonderful world around us!!

Reachers or Reaching Aids

Extending your Reach

Taikhum Sadiq Jul 26,2016

There are millions of people around the world who suffer from the unfortunate situation of being on bed rest for at least some period of their life. Bed ridden patients often are recommended to avoid moving their body excessively as


Frequently asked questions

Paraplegia can result from an injury to the spinal cord that may damage the nerve fibers found within the spinal cord. Primarily, such type of injuries result from car or motorcycle accidents, but may also result from slip and fall accidents as well as sporting injuries.

There are two types of paraplegia - complete and incomplete. In Complete paraplegia a person loses both feeling and movement below his or her injury, while in case of incomplete paraplegia a person maintains some movement or feeling below the injury.

Paraplegia may result in symptoms like persisting pain, a loss of sensation, paralysis, loss of bowel control, spasms, difficulty breathing, and a loss of sexual function.

Paraplegia can be defined as losing control i.e. movement and sensation from the waist down while the term tetraplegia includes loss of function in the upper body, arms and hands.

Products like patient transfer systems, catheter systems, disposable underpads, reachers, wheelchair desk etc. are designed to help paaraplegics with their daily tasks.