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  • Writer's pictureDr. Karuturi Subrahmanyam

How to prevent Paralysis

Paralysis is a condition that affects the ability to move certain parts of the body. It can be caused by various factors, such as stroke, spinal cord injury, nerve damage, or autoimmune diseases. Paralysis can be partial or complete, and it can affect one or more limbs, the face, or the whole body. Paralysis can have a significant impact on the quality of life of the affected person and their family.

While some cases of paralysis are irreversible, there are some ways to prevent or reduce the risk of paralysis. These include:

  • Maintaining a healthy lifestyle: A healthy lifestyle can help prevent many diseases and conditions that can cause paralysis, such as stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and heart disease. A healthy lifestyle includes eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, managing stress, and getting enough sleep.

  • Seeking medical attention: If you experience any symptoms of paralysis, such as loss of muscle function, numbness, tingling, or loss of sensation in any part of your body, you should seek medical attention immediately. Paralysis can be a sign of a serious condition that requires prompt diagnosis and treatment to prevent complications and improve recovery. Some of the common causes of paralysis are stroke, spinal cord injury, nerve compression, infection, tumor, or trauma.

  • Following your treatment plan: If you have a condition that can cause paralysis, such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, or Guillain-Barré syndrome, you should follow your treatment plan as prescribed by your doctor. Your treatment plan may include medications, surgery, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, or other interventions that can help manage your symptoms and prevent further damage to your nervous system.

Protecting your spine and nerves: Your spine and nerves are vital for transmitting signals from your brain to your muscles. Any injury or damage to your spine or nerves can result in paralysis. Therefore, you should protect your spine and nerves by taking these steps:

  • Always wear a seatbelt when driving or riding in a car.

  • Avoid diving into shallow water or unknown depths.

  • Wear protective gear when playing sports or engaging in risky activities.

  • Lift heavy objects with proper technique and avoid twisting your spine.

  • Maintain good posture and avoid slouching or hunching over.

  • Seek help if you have chronic back pain or neck pain.

Doing exercises for paralysis prevention: Exercises can help prevent paralysis by improving blood circulation, strengthening muscles and bones, enhancing flexibility and balance, and stimulating the nervous system. Some of the exercises that can help prevent paralysis are:

  • Leg rotation: This exercise helps improve the range of motion and mobility of the lower limbs. To do this exercise:

  • Lie on your back with your legs straight and slightly apart.

  • Lift one leg up and rotate it clockwise and then counterclockwise for 10 times each.

  • Repeat with the other leg.

  • Do this exercise twice a day.

  • Arm circles: This exercise helps strengthen the upper limbs and shoulders. To do this exercise:

  • Stand or sit with your back straight and your arms extended to the sides at shoulder level.

  • Make small circles with your arms in a forward direction for 10 times.

  • Then make small circles in a backward direction for 10 times.

  • Do this exercise twice a day.

  • Facial massage: This exercise helps relax the facial muscles and prevent facial paralysis. To do this exercise:

  • Sit comfortably and use your fingers to gently massage your forehead, temples, cheeks, chin, and jaw for 5 minutes.

  • You can also use a moisturizer or oil to lubricate your skin.

  • Do this exercise twice a day.

These are some of the ways to prevent paralysis. However, these are not substitutes for medical advice and care. You should always consult your doctor before starting any exercise program or making any changes to your lifestyle. Paralysis is a serious condition that requires professional attention and support. By following these tips, you may be able to reduce your risk of paralysis and improve your overall health and well-being.

Dr. Karuturi Subrahmanyam, MD, FRCP (London), FACP (USA)

Internal Medicine Specialist

Kify Hospital



Phone : 85000 23456


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