Hemiplegia vs. Hemiparesis

Hemiplegia and hemiparesis are both results of brain or spinal cord injuries that affect both movement and sensation. They can be difficult to treat and can make simple functional tasks difficult for patients. Although they differ from one another in many ways, Hemiplegia and hemiparesis can sometimes have the same underlying symptoms.


How to tell the differences between Hemiplegia and Hemiparesis?

Hemiparesis is weakness on one side of the body. Hemiparesis patients will experience loss of motor skills and tingling sensations on the affected side.

Hemiplegia is the complete paralysis of one side of the body. Hemiplegia patients lose control of one side of their body, but may regain sensations over time.

How does hemiparesis or hemiplegia occur?

Our muscles are controlled by signals sent from the brain through the spinal cord. When a person experiences brain or spinal damage, those signals aren’t being sent to their destination and paralysis ensues. The most common cause of Hemiplegia/Hemiparesis is stroke. Typically, these conditions affect the side opposite to where the injury occurred. For example, an injury to the left side of the brain will affect the right side of the body.


What is the Prognosis of Hemiparesis and Hemiplegia?

The prognosis of hemiplegia and hemiparesis is difficult to predict because symptoms may change over time. Each person is different in how they recover from traumatic injuries due to variables such as age, health, and other underlying factors. Some will recover quickly with no treatment while others will only see minor improvements even with extensive therapy. As you come to understand the best options for you or a loved one’s rehab journey, don’t miss the opportunity to check out NEOFECT Home Rehab Solutions. NEOFECT Home Rehab products are clinically proven to improve hand and arm functionality all with fun, engaging activities that you can do in the comfort of your home.

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Ashley Gatewood
Clinical Manager / Occupational Therapist

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