Paraplegia Treatment with Physiotherapy Regain Some Functioning

Paraplegia Treatment with Physiotherapy Regain Some Functioning

Treat Your Paraplegia At Best & Trusted Physiotherapy Hospital

Physiotherapy has always been a blessing in fighting with all the odd diseases. Hence paraplegia treatment with physiotherapy is the best way to combat this issue. Good health is a great blessing. We all feel low whenever we are suffering from any health issues. Especially in the present century, there are hardly any people who enjoy a healthy body. One thing should always be kept in mind that our health is the biggest treasure and the most important of all the gifts given to us by the almighty. And it is our responsibility to look after our body in the best way possible. One of the most common issues the present day generation faces is in context with the several kinds of joint failure, which further leads to severe malfunctioning of the body. In recent times, the most commonly talked diseases is that of paraplegia, which indeed takes a lot of time to remover and also in some cases the recovery isn't possible. 

What is Paraplegia?

Paraplegia is a state of body where the sufferer fails to feel any movement or feeling which occurs in the lower part of the body. It is also described as spinal cord injury, and in some cases, people also refer it as partial paralysis, in this condition the functioning of the lower body gets impaired.

In general, cases when the person gets struck by paraplegia, the brain fails to send any signal to the lower half of the human body. Not only the people with paraplegia lose the sensation of the area of the body below the waist, but they also fail to make any movement. People with paraplegia suffer from a tingling feeling in legs and feet. In some cases, there is temporary paralysis in one leg or both the legs. To know about the condition of the patient in an accurate manner, the doctor may require a few hours or even a couple of days to diagnose.

Paraplegia is of two types. Firstly there is complete paraplegia in which the patient also suffers neurologically, the limbs and the entire body gets affected. Secondly, there is incomplete paraplegia in which the person has a particular potential to move the limbs.

Causes of paraplegia

Paraplegia is something which occurs mainly when the brain and the spinal cord fails to work in a coordinating manner. The signals are sent from and to the body to the mind with the assistance of the spinal cord. The brain does the processing further and sends it back to the spinal cord, which distributes the information to the body. Hence it is very much required for the spinal cord and the brain to function correctly both individually and in conjunction.

Here are some essential factors which lead to paraplegia, which are linked with the damage of the spinal cord.

  • Injuries which occur due to fall
  • Medical injuries
  • Damages caused by violence, such as shooting
  • Road accidents caused by vehicles

There are some other causes of paraplegias which are put under the category of non-traumatic factors such as hereditary abnormalities or diseases.

  • In the case of genetic disorders such as the hereditary spastic disorders
  • In case of cancer or any tumour in the spinal cord or brain
  • When there is loss of oxygen to the spinal cord and brain, in case of choking or birthing problems
  • Infection in the brain or the spinal cord

What are the effects of paraplegia on the body?

Paraplegia can be explained as a dynamic condition in which the patient suffers from symptoms, which tend to vary over time. If situations are kept in control with proper treatment, like with the help of paraplegia physiotherapy, then the person can get back in reasonable condition. Any person suffering from this disorder faces the following problems:

  • No sensation is felt near the injury site
  • Skin related issues
  • Weight gain has been one of the significant issues related to paraplegia
  • The person suffers from loss of mobility in the lower half of the body

Test which helps in accurate diagnosis of paraplegia

  • When any person suffers from the symptoms of paraplegia, the doctors believe in specific vital criteria which are mandatory to get the precise paraplegia diagnosis done.
  • The doctor prefers going through the entire medical history of the patient
  • MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is one of the crucial tests; the images of the head and the spine are studied thoroughly.
  • CBC (complete body count)
  • Lumbar puncture: this test is carried out by obtaining a sample of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) from the lower back of the body
  • To access the nerve pathways evoked potential nerve test is carried out
  • CT scan is also done to detect whether the spine or the head has faced any injuries
  • Myelography: it is  a way to see the spinal cord clearly by injecting a medium into  the body

Paraplegia physiotherapy management

Physiotherapy for paraplegia is considered to be the best remedy to get cured of this disorder. Our ancestors have always supported the idea of including exercises in our schedule so that the body stays fit and healthy. Regular physiotherapy treatment can be beneficial in fighting with paraplegia.

If the following exercises are taken into the schedule, then it can bring relief in a comparatively shorter period.

1.      Flexibility exercises

Stretching is considered as one of the most critical tasks, it helps in improving the flexibility and also targets in the lengthening of the muscles. Stretching should be performed slowly without jerking or bouncing.

2.      Aerobic exercises

Three or four aerobic sessions per week, ranging from a period of 15-60 minutes, is proven to be an excellent remedy. Some of the best aerobic exercises include walking, stationary cycling, chair exercises. With the help of aerobic exercises, the potential of the lungs and heart to use oxygen improves.

3.  Strengthening exercises

Strengthening exercises aim at increasing the muscle tone; it also assists in improving the quality of the muscles.

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