Explaining quadriparesis

On Behalf of The Andres Lopez Law Firm , PA | January 4, 2023 | Catastrophic Injuries

Suffering a catastrophic injury in Florida can lead to many health consequences, some immediate and others long-term. Quadriparesis, also known as tetraparesis, is a condition in which a person suffers weakness in all four limbs. Note that this is different from quadriplegia, in which the body’s limbs are paralyzed.

What causes quadriparesis?

Quadriparesis can be caused by either an issue within the brain or an issue in the spinal cord. Each type of quadriparesis has a different effect and usually has a different origin. A person can be born with the affliction, but it’s also possible to develop quadriparesis later in life. Tumors or lesions on the spinal column can lead to quadriparesis as can catastrophic injuries like a car accident or fall. Neurological disorders like ALS can also cause quadriparesis.

Living with quadriparesis

In some cases, surgery may correct the underlying issue that’s causing quadriparesis or at least improve the symptoms. In the case where legions or tumors are the cause, chemo or radiation therapy may be able to help.

However, in many cases, quadriparesis can only be managed and not cured. In those situations, a person can increase their quality of life with certain devices like a wheelchair or walker. Additional tools designed to help with tasks like bathing, eating and dressing may also be useful. In addition, physical therapy can sometimes increase mobility in joints for those suffering from quadriparesis.

If living with incurable quadriparesis, independent daily function is often very difficult. A person with quadriparesis may require either part-time or full-time care.

Quadriparesis isn’t a well-known affliction, but its impact can be devastating. By affecting all limbs, quadriparesis can make even the simplest of tasks in daily life challenging.