Flaccid paralysis can be painful, and typically the pain is centered in your arms, legs, or back. If you have this condition, you would feel extreme weakness in your limbs. It could also affect the muscles in your lungs. Flaccid paralysis is often seen after strokes (CVA’s).
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How does flaccid paralysis affect the body?
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Can cycling or running wear out my joints?
Anthony Komaroff, MD, Internal Medicine, answeredYour question is a good one. Excessive stress can damage a joint (or nearby structures) and joint damage can lead to arthritis. For example, repeated sprains or cartilage injuries to the knee among football players may lead to arthritis.
Running certainly stresses weight-bearing joints. Your knees support up to seven times your weight while jogging. The stress is even higher with jumping or suddenly starting and stopping, like the motions used in basketball.
But, joints are not like tires. They do not wear out from use. The "wear and tear" type of arthritis (called osteoarthritis) is more likely from age, obesity, injury and genetics.
Running may not stress the joints enough to cause arthritis. There is no evidence that common, repetitive movements among recreational cyclists or joggers will damage or wear out the joints. This goes for most other repetitive movements, such as walking, painting or knitting. Repetitive motion is more likely to cause tendonitis than arthritis.
Research on repetitive physical activity and arthritis is difficult to perform. People who are active often differ from those who are sedentary in important ways. Studies that compare the two groups may come to faulty conclusions. While the results of the available studies are somewhat mixed, long-term runners are not more likely to wear out their weight-bearing joints than people who are sedentary.
A large study of runners was published in 1998. It found that over a nine-year period, members of a running club had no higher incidence of osteoarthritis than a similar group of non-runners. A more recent study found that long-distance runners developed less osteoarthritis over 20 years than non-runners.
As long as there is no injury, repetitive motion may actually protect the joints, perhaps by strengthening nearby muscles.
Similar studies are not available for cycling, though I did find two studies that suggest cycling was associated with a higher risk of knee osteoarthritis.
Considering the health benefits of being active and the fact that obesity is a risk factor for arthritis, most doctors would encourage you to cycle and jog if you enjoy these activities. Unless you have pain or other problems related to cycling or jogging, it's unlikely that a doctor would recommend restricting those activities in the hopes of protecting your joints.
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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.
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