Motor neurons are responsible for transmitting impulses from the brain to the muscles and thereby creating movement. Two types of neurons, upper and lower, form a relay by which information moves first from the brain through the upper neurons to the lower neurons and then through the lower neurons to the muscles. Paralysis, the inability to move the muscles, occurs when this system is disrupted. This disruption can occur in either set of neurons.
The onset of paralysis can be sudden, usually resulting from a trauma, or gradual, caused by degenerative disease. Both of these cause damage to the central nervous system. Car accidents, falls, strokes, aneurysms, and other traumas can inflict enough violence on the nervous system to disrupt it temporarily or permanently, while Lou Gehrig’s disease, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy and other diseases erode the system over time, usually taking the individual through a range of symptoms: numbness, tingling, partial paralysis, etc.
Paralysis may affect the entire body, or only parts. The common perception of paralysis is of atrophied, limp muscles. This is called flaccid paralysis. The other type of paralysis is spastic, in which the muscles are involuntarily rigid, sometimes holding the body in abnormal positions. The former is more likely in traumatic, sudden onset; the latter in disease onset. Particularly in disease onset, an individual may move through stages of paralysis, including partial, tingling, spastic, flaccid, etc.
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