What is paraplegia?
Paraplegia corresponds to paralysis that more or less totally affects the lower limbs and the lower part of the trunk, starting from the location of the spinal cord injury. It involves the loss of muscle functions and feeling in the affected limbs, to a variable degree.
Where does it come from?
Paraplegia is often of traumatic origin, caused by an accident or an injury. It is provoked by compression or injury of the spinal cord in the dorsolumbar region. This distinguishes it from quadriplegia, caused by an injury in the cervical region.
How can it be recognized?
Paraplegia can be total or partial. In the first case, there is a complete absence of feeling and motor ability in all the body structures, starting from the location of the injury. In the second case, sensitivity and voluntary motor skills may persist to some extent.
Solutions supporting people with paraplegia
A wide range of support products and services exist in several fields. They help improve the quality of life both of the patient and the natural caregivers. Many solutions for assistance in walking and mobility, residential adaptation or home help and comfort are available to support people with paraplegia. They seek to respond to patients’ lesser and greater needs for assistance, while providing them with comfort, independence and safety.