Dating a parapalegic
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If both arms are also affected by paralysis, quadriplegia is the proper terminology.
If only one limb is affected the correct term is monoplegia.
Paraplegia is defined as an impairment in motor or sensory function of the lower extremities.
Paraplegia is usually caused by spinal cord injury or a congenital condition such as spina bifida that affects the neural elements of the spinal canal.
Physiotherapy and various assistive technology, such as a standing frame, as well as vigilant self observation and care may aid in helping to prevent future and mitigate existing complications.
Sometimes when the disease is treated and cured, the paralysis disappears, but usually the nerve damage is irreparable and paralysis is permanent.
The area of the spinal canal that is affected in paraplegia is either the thoracic, lumbar, or sacral regions.
If all four limbs are affected by paralysis, tetraplegia or quadriplegia is the correct term.
The extent of the paralysis depends on the level of the spinal cord at which the damage occurs.
For example, damage to the lowest area of the cord may result only in paralysis of the legs, whereas damage farther up on the cord causes possible loss of control over the muscles of the bladder and rectum as well or, if occurring even higher, may result in paralysis of all four limbs and loss of control over the muscles involved in breathing.