In this new section of our website, Mobility Shop (affectionately known by us as ‘MobShop’) hopes to provide a resource that helps to understand the issues and conditions surrounding mobility impairment.
Over the coming weeks we will look at the many types of orthopaedic or neuromuscular impairments can impact mobility. These include but are not limited to amputation, paralysis, cerebral palsy, stroke, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, arthritis, and spinal cord injury. Mobility impairments range from lower body impairments, which may require the use of canes, walkers, or wheelchairs, to upper body impairments that may include limited or no use of the upper extremities and hands.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) About 15% of the world’s population lives with some form of disability, of whom 2-4% experience significant difficulties in functioning. The global disability prevalence is higher than previous WHO estimates, which date from the 1970s and suggested a figure of around 10%. This global estimate for disability is on the rise due to population ageing and the rapid spread of chronic diseases, as well as improvements in the methodologies used to measure disability.
At MobShop, not only do we provide mobility aids for most conditions, but we also look at some obvious and not so obvious impairments that might lead to mobility difficulties. When examining these conditions, we provide links to appropriate resources which may help you learn more.
Mobility impairments can be permanent or temporary. A broken bone or surgical procedure can temporarily impact a person’s ability to walk independently and travel between buildings and places in a timely or manner. Likewise, some persons may be ambulatory with a walker for short distances within a room or building but may need a wheelchair or scooter for longer distances. Some persons may be able to self-propel, whereas others may need attendant or powerpack assistance.
Mobility impairments can impact persons in several ways. Some persons may take longer to get from one place to another, enter buildings, or manoeuvre in small spaces. In some cases, physical barriers may inhibit entry into a building or room. Accessible transportation may also be required for persons to get to places further afield.
A mobility impairment may impact, to varying degrees, a person’s ability to manipulate objects, turn pages, write with a pen or pencil, type at a keyboard, and/or retrieve objects. Medical conditions such as Arthritis or repetitive stress injuries (RSI) can impact fine motor abilities and decrease endurance. A person’s physical abilities may also vary from day to day.
We do hope you will find this resource useful. If you have any comments or questions, or would like to suggest a topic we can share with the MobShop community please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org
Links to our ‘Disabilities that require Wheelchairs’.
Coffin-Lowry Syndrome – Spinal Cord Injuries – Amputations – Cerebral Palsy – Multiple Sclerosis – Alzheimers Disease – Muscular Dystrophy – Parkinsons Disease – Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) – Scoliosis – Traumatic Brain Injury – Spina Bifida – Diabetes – Arthritis