Flaccid paralysis is a syndrome characterized by extremely weak muscles and poor muscle tone that does not have a clear cause, like trauma. The condition occurs in children under the age of fifteen. Flaccid paralysis may be a sign of polio. It is also associated with other diseases that cause muscle weakness, like West Nile Virus.
H Ward. Brooks, MD
Specialty: Orthopedic Surgery
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What is flaccid paralysis?
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What are proper sleeping positions to avoid neck pains?
Matthew F. McCarty, MD, Anesthesiology, answered
We spend about a third of our life sleeping. That’s a lot of time and certain positions can worsen neck pain. The most important thing to remember is to sleep with a pillow supporting the neck in an anatomically correct position. When sleeping on the back a cervical traction pillow can help people who have a neck and arm pain. This pillow provides support just above the shoulders and below the base of the skull giving a mild traction effect. The right size pillow can make a difference but too large a traction pillow can make sleep difficult.
For side sleepers it’s important to think about maintaining alignment of the neck with an imaginary line drawn right down the center of the face and shoulders. Some people have osteoarthritis or stenosis and don’t allow a lot of room for the nerves to exit the spine. When they lay on their sides with the head elevated above or below this imaginary line they can get symptoms. Usually a right size mildly firm pillow can fix this problem. Buy several and give them a try.
People with neck pain often cannot tolerate sleeping on their stomachs. This is because the neck is forced to be extended in a non-anatomically correct position throughout the sleep cycle. Certain cervical disease states become more symptomatic in these positions.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
How does my body keep me upright?
Vonda Wright, MD, Orthopedic Surgery, answered
In order to stay upright, your body is sensing the direction of the sway and activating the muscles on the opposite side of the body to contract and correct your upright position. Your muscles and joints "know" where they are in space. This process, which is called proprioception, happens at lightening speed without your consciously thinking about it. Proprioception is the ability of our bodies to detect where we are in space (i.e., whether we are leaning to the right or left) and to contract muscles appropriately for us to stay upright.
There are actually many systems working together to keep us standing upright. Balancing effectively takes our eyes, ears (vestibular system), and peripheral sensory system (skin receptors of pressure and touch) as well as our neuromuscular connections (the nerve pathways between our brains and muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints). Our brains are able to coordinate these signals to determine where our limbs are in space and the speed and direction of their movement.
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