Mobility Assessment

Mobility impairment refers to a person’s inability to use one or more of the limbs, or a lack of strength to walk, stand up, or perform natural life movements or fine motor moves.

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What is a mobility impairment?

Pain, genetics, and unfortunate circumstances often dictate our reality, especially for those who have seen enough life battles. Lack of mobility is not necessarily bound to old age; anyone could become physically limited, due to an accident, illness, injury, result of other medical conditions, or a birth condition.

A mobility impairment refers to a person’s inability to:

  • Use one or more limbs
  • Have the strength to walk or stand up
  • Perform natural life movements or fine motor moves

Are there different categories of mobility impairments?

Generally, there are two types of impairment: Orthopedic and Neurological.

Orthopedic disabilities involve a deformity of the skeletal system and can be the result of a congenital anomaly (club foot), an illness (arthritis), or an accident, trauma, or surgery (such as amputation).

Neurological disabilities affect the nervous system and impair the ability to move or control certain parts of the body. These can happen from a congenital anomaly (cerebral palsy), disease (poliomyelitis), or occur from an accident (head trauma).

Difficulties that come with a mobility restriction…

If a person’s mobility is restricted, it may affect several day-to-day activities. Some might take longer to get from one place to another or have difficulties maneuvering in small spaces. Changes in a person’s body as they age can produce symptoms as well. Loss of strength and mass of the muscles, less flexible, and stiff joints affect a person’s balance. Prioritizing mobility is crucial to maintain an independent living, especially among seniors.

Are there different categories of mobility impairments?

Generally, there are two types of impairment: Orthopedic and Neurological.

Orthopedic disabilities involve a deformity of the skeletal system and can be the result of a congenital anomaly (club foot), an illness (arthritis), or an accident, trauma, or surgery (such as amputation).

Neurological disabilities affect the nervous system and impair the ability to move or control certain parts of the body. These can happen from a congenital anomaly (cerebral palsy), disease (poliomyelitis), or occur from an accident (head trauma).

Difficulties that come with a mobility restriction

If a person’s mobility is restricted, it may affect several day-to-day activities. Some might take longer to get from one place to another or have difficulties maneuvering in small spaces. Changes in a person’s body as they age can produce symptoms as well. Loss of strength and mass of the muscles, less flexible, and stiff joints affect a person’s balance. Prioritizing mobility is crucial to maintain an independent living, especially among seniors.

How does physical therapy improve mobility?

There is no greater joy than living in a pain-free and healthy body. One of the most common reasons for a lack of full range of motion is physical pain. Unfortunately, there are less desirable ways to manage that discomfort. Some patients turn to narcotic painkillers to ease the chronic aching, whichever its cause, but that also can easily become a dangerous addiction.

When people can’t move around on their own and stay active, it has a severe effect on their quality of life. Physical therapists are body motion experts, and they guide their patients through specialized exercises that should restore the natural ability of the body to heal. Of course, with the attention and dedication to each case individually.

Getting started with physical therapy…

At the very beginning of PT, the therapist will ask a lot of questions about your home and work settings, health conditions and habits, activity level, and even leisure and sports interests. Then, they will perform a detailed exam to evaluate the following aspects:

  • Strength

  • Flexibility
  • Balance
  • Coordination
  • Posture
  • Gait (how you walk)
  • Functional activities (how you get up from a lying position or get in and out of a chair)
  • Body mechanics (how you bend or lift)

How does physical therapy improve mobility?

There is no greater joy than living in a pain-free and healthy body. One of the most common reasons for a lack of full range of motion is physical pain. Unfortunately, there are less desirable ways to manage that discomfort. Some patients turn to narcotic painkillers to ease the chronic aching, whichever its cause, but that also can easily become a dangerous addiction.

When people can’t move around on their own and stay active, it has a severe effect on their quality of life. Physical therapists are body motion experts, and they guide their patients through specialized exercises that should restore the natural ability of the body to heal. Of course, with the attention and dedication to each case individually.

Getting started with physical therapy…

At the very beginning of PT, the therapist will ask a lot of questions about your home and work settings, health conditions and habits, activity level, and even leisure and sports interests. Then, they will perform a detailed exam to evaluate the following aspects:

  • Strength

  • Flexibility
  • Balance
  • Coordination
  • Posture
  • Gait (how you walk)
  • Functional activities (how you get up from a lying position or get in and out of a chair)
  • Body mechanics (how you bend or lift)

Can I do it at home?

The short answer is yes. However, there are some considerations to be made. Physical therapists go through years of training to be qualified to diagnose and treat individuals of all ages with illnesses, injuries, or other medical conditions, but also work with people with the desire to be healthier or have an interest in preventive care.

Our body is our way to understand and interact with the world around us. There is no one deciding factor that determines whether someone with a mobility impairment needs physical therapy. However, there is no reason for the uncertainty. PT has to be prescribed by a doctor and conducted by registered and certified professionals.

It is essential for people of all ages to determine the reason behind their mobility issues. Sometimes, a loss of balance is not the result of a mobility impairment, but a physical disorder that should be diagnosed and treated by our primary provider or ENT specialist. Symptoms like dizziness, vertigo, or imbalance should be checked up on by a specialist. A patient can undergo a balance test to help determine the underlying cause of the issue and point the physician to the best possible solution.

How can Signature help improve your mobility?

Because PTs are trained professionals, there are many things they do that we shouldn’t try on our own, such as:

  • Evaluate the person’s condition
  • Develop a treatment plan
  • Teach to perform the therapies correctly
  • Review the progress and adjust the treatment as necessary

At Signature, our qualified Registered Nurses can conduct an in-person mobility test that will help patients with the decision whether or not to enroll in physical therapy. In addition, we can refer them to a doctor who can prescribe the PT.

We have years of expertise and a trained team of physical therapists ready to help our patients with mobility assistance. All with the purpose of helping them achieve the quality of life they deserve.

How can Signature help improve your mobility?

Because PTs are trained professionals, there are many things they do that we shouldn’t try on our own, such as:

  • Evaluate the person’s condition
  • Develop a treatment plan
  • Teach to perform the therapies correctly
  • Review the progress and adjust the treatment as necessary

At Signature, our qualified Registered Nurses can conduct an in-person mobility test that will help patients with the decision whether or not to enroll in physical therapy. In addition, we can refer them to a doctor who can prescribe the PT.

We have years of expertise and a trained team of physical therapists ready to help our patients with mobility assistance. All with the purpose of helping them achieve the quality of life they deserve.

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