Hemiplegia

  • Definition: From hemi-(half) + plege-(a blow-Stroke)

Hemiplegia is a condition which affects one side of the body only, (hemi comes from the Greek word meaning half), it is the inability to move a group of muscles in one side of the body. When hemiplegia is caused by a stroke, it often involves muscles in the face, arms and legs.

  •  Symptoms and characteristics:

The person may report weakness or paralysis affecting one side of the body. It may affect the arm, the leg, the face or the whole side of the body. 

People with hemiplegia may experience difficulties with:
    •    speech, chewing and swallowing
    •    walking, balance, coordination and posture
    •    partial vision loss
    •    sensation.
There may also be some cognitive impairment associated with hemiplegia depending on which part of the nervous system is affected. This may result in difficulties such as impaired concentration and memory.