Partial paralysis is characterized by some movement or sensation in affected muscles or muscle groups. While the function of a muscle or a group of muscles is affected to some degree, there is not a total loss of function. In partial paralysis, the patient can often move one limb more than another, may have more function on one side than the other, or might have some sensation in parts of the body that can’t be moved.

Causes of Partial Paralysis

Common causes of partial paralysis include:

  • Trauma to the spinal cord
  • Stroke
  • Illness or disease
  • Poisoning

Treatment for Partial Paralysis

Treatment will depend upon the cause of partial paralysis, and might include physical therapy, occupational therapy, surgery, prescription medications, or a combination of the above. Treatment is designed to return as much function as possible to the patient, while also helping him or her learn to cope with any long-term disabilities.

Outcome for Partial Paralysis

The long-term outcome of partial paralysis depends upon the cause of the paralysis, the timeliness and quality of treatment, and the patient’s response to treatment. In some cases full or partial recovery is possible, while in other cases partial paralysis is permanent.