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Effects of Paralysis

Effects of Paralysis

The symptoms of paralysis vary depending upon the mechanism of injury or disease that it is caused by. It affects different people in different ways. If the paralysis is caused by a non-progressive disorder such as stroke or spinal cord injury you would not expect the symptoms to get any worse. If the paralysis is caused by a progressive condition such as Multiple sclerosis or Parkinson?s it is likely that the individual's condition will deteriorate further. In both cases, it is vital that the individual has a specialist physiotherapy assessment and treatment plan in order to optimize the ability to carry out a normal daily routine and to prevent any decline in function.

Some of the symptoms of paralysis:

  • Weakness or complete loss of muscle strength
  • Floppy or tight muscles
  • Muscle spasm
  • Reduced muscle bulk
  • Reduced or complete loss of sensation
  • Reduced range of movement at joints
  • Reduced mobility
  • Reduced ability to carry out daily activities
  • Co-ordination and balance problems
  • Speech and swallowing problems
  • Pain
  • Visual disturbance
  • Changes to personality/behavior/memory/cognition
  • Anxiety/depression
  • Bladder and bowel dysfunction
  • Sexual dysfunction

Your physiotherapist at Manchester Neuro Physio will carry out a thorough neurological assessment and facilitate a goal setting session to ensure the individual is working toward achieving realistic, functional timed goals.


To book an assessment or for more information please email call 0161 883 0066 .