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The lasting impact of Polio

July 31, 2022 3:29 pm

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Polio is a virus that attacks the spinal cord. This can lead to mobility issues and, in severe cases, paralysis. Some people may require the support of WAV Vehicles like the ones from clarkemobility.com to enable them to get out and be as independent as possible.

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The virus has become less of a threat as a result of the vaccine programme that was put in place in the UK decades ago. The chances of contracting polio are now incredibly small. As well as symptoms at the time of contracting the virus (these can include flu-like symptoms as well as pins and needles in the muscles), the virus can cause a number of issues to linger. This is known as Post-Polio Syndrome.

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Approximately 25 to 40 out of every 100 polio survivors will suffer from PPS. People who have been affected by PPS may have begun experiencing a series of health problems that start about 15-20 years after they were first infected and can last for as long as 40 years or more. These can include the following:

  • Persistent muscle weakness that can lead to higher instances of slips, trips and falls.
  • Fatigue that can be both physical and mental.
  • Pain in the joints that can cause issues with mobility.

In severe cases, muscle atrophy can occur, which is where the muscles are visibly decreased in size and no longer as strong as they used to be.

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