What Are the Consequences of a Motorcycle Accident Victim's Paralysis?April 5, 2021 | Category: Motorcycle Accidents | Share
When drivers of other vehicles fail to exercise due care, serious injuries and fatalities to motorcycle riders are more likely to occur. One such injury may be paralysis.
Paralysis is when a victim cannot move certain parts of his/her body after something goes wrong with the connection to the brain. According to WebMD, paralysis comes in different forms and can be temporary, permanent, and/or intermittent.
Problems with blood flow, breathing, how well the organs work, speaking or swallowing, sexual responses, and bathroom control are dependent on where on the spinal cord the damage is and how badly the victim is injured, says WebMD. A doctor may order diagnostic tests, such as an MRI or CT scan to diagnose a spinal cord injury.
There are four types of paralysis cited by WebMD:
- Complete paralysis is when a victim cannot move or control the paralyzed muscles at all. The injured victim also may not be able to feel anything in those muscles.
- Partial or incomplete paralysis is when the victim still has some feeling in, and possibly control over the paralyzed muscles. This is sometimes called paresis.
- Localized paralysis affects just one specific area, like the face, hands, feet, or vocal cords.
- Generalized paralysis is more widespread in the body and is grouped by how much of the body is affected. The type usually depends on where the brain or spinal cord is injured.
- Monoplegiais a kind of generalized paralysis that affects just one limb.
- Diplegia affects the same area on both sides, like both arms, both legs, or both sides of the face.
- Quadriplegia(or tetraplegia) is when all four limbs are paralyzed, sometimes along with certain organs.
- Paraplegia is paralysis from the waist down.
- Locked-in syndrome is the rarest and most severe form of paralysis, where a person loses control of all his/her muscles except the ones that control eye movements.
According to Medical News Today, some symptoms that may accompany paralysis include:
- Numbness or pain in the affected muscles
- Muscle weakness.
- Visible signs of muscle loss (muscle atrophy)
- Involuntary spasms or twitches
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