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Paralysis is a condition characterized by an inability to move your muscles. It is caused by a breakdown in the communication between the central nervous system and nerves in the body. This lack of communication leads to loss of muscle coordination, weakness, and eventually paralysis.
Paralysis can start slowly or come on suddenly. Quick onset or sudden paralysis is a medical emergency. Dial 9-1-1 and seek immediate care. Sudden paralysis can sometimes be reversible with prompt treatment.
At Dignity Health, we provide timely, high quality, and compassionate care for patients experiencing paralysis in Arizona. We offer emergency services conveniently located in Ahwatukee, Phoenix, Chandler, Laveen, Gilbert, Surprise, Goodyear, Glendale, and Mesa. Learn how InQuicker™, our online waiting service, can reduce your waiting time in the ER.
In cases of trauma, the cause of sudden paralysis is obvious. Dignity Health operates Level 1 Trauma Centers at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center and Chandler Regional Medical Center. St. Joseph’s was the first ACS Level I Trauma Center in the state verified by the American College of Surgeons.
Sometimes your doctor will need to learn more about your symptoms to make a diagnosis. Be sure to mention any recent bites from snakes or insects, exposure to chemicals, recent water or food consumption, and illnesses.
Other symptoms that may occur along with sudden paralysis include:
Sudden paralysis can be a symptom of:
You may need additional testing to confirm or rule out a diagnosis if the cause of sudden paralysis is not obvious. This may include:
Our board-certified, emergency medicine doctors and nurses have 24-hour, on-site access to state-of-the-art digital diagnostic imaging equipment and laboratory services to help them make a diagnosis.