The patient may have problems with sensation, such as numbness of the face, arm, or leg on one side of the body. The patient's ability to feel touch, pain, pressure or temperature may be affected. A patient with decreased sensation is at risk for hurting himself. He may not be able to feel pain from being in one position for too long. He or she may not be able to feel pain from being in one position for too long, pressure from objects on the skin or distinguish between hot and cold.
Extra precautions must be taken to prevent the patient from injury. Changing positions on a regular basis will help to prevent pressure areas. Assistance may be needed with this if the patient is unable to help him or herself.