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Physical Disability

Description

Physically disabled people have a physical impairment which has a substantial and long term effect on their ability to carry out day to day activities.

​Someone who is physically disabled would have mobility problems (e.g unable to manage stairs) and need assistance to walk.  

Someone with a severe physical disability would be unable to walk and dependent on a carer for movement.  Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Speech and Hearing Therapists work to improve the quality of life for an individual with a medical injury or condition.​

People with physical disabilities or physically disabled people have a physical impairment which has a substancial and long term effect on their ability to carry out day to day activities. 

Causes of physical disability include: ​​

  • Inheritance or genetic disorders such as muscular dystrophy 
  • Conditions present at birth (congenital), such as spina bofida 
  • Conditions that occur during birth including cord compression which may result in cerebral palsy (a group of disorders that affect a person’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture). 
  • Serious illness affecting the brain, nerves or muscle, such as meningitis 
    • ​​Road traffic accidents 
    • Violence 
    • Falls 
    • The aging process 
    • Heart disease 
    • Cancer 
  • ​Injuries while on duty which could lead to occupational disability 

Health Promotion Practitioners are available at health facilities to ensure that individuals understand how to access support services available, to help them belong to a support group and to understand the home programme, exercise and medication routine prescribed to them. 

Caregivers are the most essential part of the maintenance of the physically disabled person in the community and at home. Their needs for information and emotional support are central to their, and the patient’s comfort and rehabilitation. ​


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