Paralysis is a loss of voluntary muscle function due to strokes or spinal cord injuries. Paralysis affects the function of a specific or widespread part of the body. It can be localized or generalized depending on winch part of the spinal cord is damaged. Paralysis can be partial or complete, and temporary or permanent as a result form the quickness of treatment, severeness, and rehabilitation.
Paralysis is divided into two types: Paraplegia which involves both legs, and quadriplegia, which affects all limbs. Approximately 1 in 50 Americans, or 5.4 million people, have some form of paralysis.