The effects of hemiplegia on movement in the body
Hemiplegias can occur when there is injury or damage to the spinal cord or the brain. The location of the damage will determine what symptoms the individual will experience but nearly all people with hemiplegia will experience paralysis on one side of the body. This can be common when a person has suffered from a stroke.
Due to the weakness and muscle control issues that then occur in the paralysed side, the individual may need help with everyday activities and in some cases, Mobility Aids like those from Ability Superstore can help and in more severe cases the individual may need care support.
The symptoms can occur as a result of a traumatic birth or injury during gestation and birth as well as, as a result of an injury in later life or a stroke. When the issue occurs in early life it is known as congenital hemiplegia and if it occurs after the age of 2 it is known as acquired hemiplegia.
In both cases, the symptoms are not progressive, which means that they will not get worse over time. This gives the individual a chance to find treatments and support that will help them with any tasks and activities that they may find challenging. The main symptoms experienced can include muscle weakness and numbness, trouble walking, poor fine motor skills, difficulty holding objects and poor balance.