This is part one of a two-part blog series on hemiparesis. Please read the second part of the blog series coming soon for information on diagnosing hemiparesis.
Hemiparesis is a condition generally caused by either cerebral palsy or stroke, though it can also be caused by brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, and other diseases of the brain or nervous system. The medical definition of hemiparesis is a slight paralysis or weakness affecting one side of a person’s body, and an estimated 80 percent of people who have a stroke may also either have some level of trouble moving one side of their body or have weakness on one side.
Causes of Hemiparesis
There are a number of reasons an individual may develop hemiparesis, although it frequently occurs as a secondary complication of another medical issue. The muscle weakness that is characteristic of this condition may be caused by lesions in a person’s spinal cord and spinal cord damage, which damages their nerves and innervates their muscles, leading to weakness. Brain damage can also lead to muscle weakness, but stroke is the most common cause of this condition.
Forms of Hemiparesis
People who have developed hemiparesis may have trouble walking, moving their arms and legs, and may have a loss of balance, all of which can make everyday tasks more difficult. The loss of abilities related to hemiparesis or a stroke is dependent on which side of the brain has been damaged. The different forms include: right-sided hemiparesis, left-sided hemiparesis, ataxia, pure motor hemiparesis, and ataxic hemiparesis syndrome.
Exceptional Legal Assistance for Hemiparesis Patients
The medical condition of hemiparesis severely impacts the life of a patient and can make everyday life challenging. The treatment of this disorder, which can include physical therapy, electrical stimulation, occupational therapy, psychiatrists, and motor imagery, can also be lengthy and result in costly medical bills. If you feel medical negligence may have been the cause of your hemiparesis, contact an Omaha hemiparesis attorney at Cullan & Cullan, LLC. Our skilled physician-attorneys have the medical and legal knowledge you need to obtain the compensation you are entitled to. For assistance on your road to recovery, please call (402) 397-7600.