A walking impairment means that it takes an inordinate amount of time to walk even with appropriate therapy, medication, and devices. These devises include canes and walkers for example. To be considered as markedly restricted, you must always be reliant on a wheelchair outside of your home, and have difficulty walking 100 meters. It may either take a great deal of time to do so, or you may experience shortness of breath or pain. Walking impairment causes fatigue, ataxia, lack of coordination, and balancing difficulties. These episodes cause you to be unable to walk, or incapacitated for several days at a time.
How it affects the Person’s Daily Life
A walking impairment is the limitation of independently moving within the environment on foot. For patients with multiple sclerosis, walking impairments are one of the most common features of this central nervous system disease. In a poll of over 2000 people, 87% of the people with multiple sclerosis said that they experienced limitations in their walking ability. This can occur throughout the stages of multiple sclerosis; however walking impairments are a common characteristic in the advanced stages of this disease. The association between walking impairments and multiple sclerosis is that the walking impairment worsens along with the patient’s neurological injury and damage, harming their ability to perform physical activity.
To assist a patient with a walking impairment, mobility aids include crutches, canes, wheelchairs, or artificial limbs to obtain mobility. This physical impairment may cause patients to experience physical discomfort, such as stiffness, spasticity, or loss of muscle control. In addition, people with walking impairments may need mobility assistance. Independently, they may be reluctant to attempt movement due to the pain and discomfort they may experience from it.
Having a walking impairment may impact an individual’s daily living in a number of ways. For example, lack of independence may arise if they need assistance with mobility. This can lead to depression, anxiety, or frustration as they feel they must rely on others in order to have mobility. This impairment may require prolonged bed rest, which can cause depression. Furthermore, the mobility time required to get from one destination to the next is prolonged, causing frustration.
For treatment options, physiotherapy can help to manage and improve one’s mobility resulting from a variety of causes. These causes include: wear-and-tear on bones, overused joints and muscles, or joint and muscle deterioration over time. Physiotherapists are trained medical professionals that are qualified to assess and treat the body’s movement system and function. They are responsible in assessing and treating the broad range of symptoms and conditions that can impair the patient’s mobility. By providing services such as therapeutic exercises, this can improve a patient’s mobility.
The consultants at Disability Credit Consultants can advise you how to claim your credits for walking impairment. Having obtained the Disability Tax Credit on behalf of past clients, Disability Credit Consultants will be an efficient and effective representative on your behalf.
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