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What Is A Quadriplegia?

Quadriplegia, also known as tetraplegia, is a medical condition in which the lower extremities, upper extremities, almost the entire trunk/torso gets paralyzed. It is a type of type of cerebral palsy and often accompanied by severe symptoms indicating nerve damage which interfere with normal muscle movement and is more severe than other types of cerebral palsy.

Quadriplegia Signs and Symptoms –

Although the most obvious symptom is an impairment to the limbs, functioning is also impaired in the torso. This can mean a loss or impairment in controlling bowel and bladder, sexual function, digestion, breathing and other autonomic functions. Furthermore, the sensation is usually impaired in affected areas. This can manifest as numbness, reduced sensation or burning neuropathic pain.
Secondarily, because of their depressed functioning and immobility, tetraplegics are often more vulnerable to pressure sores, osteoporosis and fractures, frozen joints, spasticity, respiratory complications and infections, autonomic dysreflexia, deep vein thrombosis, and cardiovascular disease.
Severity depends on both the level at which the spinal cord is injured and the extent of the injury.

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Treatment of Quadriplegia

Treatment of quadriplegia depends on the severity of the condition and it also depends on the particular needs of the patient. Treatment is directed at addressing the patient’s loss of functioning and sensation in the paralyzed regions of the body and also loss or impairment in any functioning of the organ.