Why can’t people walk after certain injuries (not obvious paralyzing injuries)? Do you just forget how to walk and have to remember?

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Why can’t people walk after certain injuries (not obvious paralyzing injuries)? Do you just forget how to walk and have to remember?

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Uh, it depends on the injury. Usually, it’s some anatomic injury to the limb causing pain or instability. This can injury to the muscles, to the bones, to the ligaments and other supportive structures. You can have weakness without full paralysis from neurological injury.

Sometimes the injury is to the leg, hip, or back and it prevents walking for a time.

Sometimes it is to the head, ears, or toes and changes balance and so that has to be relearned or recovered from.

With the elderly you also see a lot of people barely being strong enough to walk getting an ailment that puts them bed ridden for a few weeks or months and that is enough time for their muscles to atrophy enough that they slip below the line of being capable of walking any more.