How does paralysis affect the body?

Paralysis can affect the body in a variety of ways. In addition to making someone unable to move, paralysis makes nerves in the brain unable to communicate with parts of the body responsible for some bodily functions. This can lead to a lack of bladder control, which may make people more likely to get urinary tract infections. In addition, being immobile can cause pressure ulcers, commonly known as "bed sores, " or sometimes being sedentary can cause blood clots to develop in the veins. Paralysis can also cause depression.

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