Are mobility impairments life-threatening?

Impaired mobility itself is not usually life-threatening. However, the lack of bodily control can put someone at risk of falling or suffering physical injury, which can in turn be fatal. The lack of mobility can also prevent someone from getting out of a potentially life-threatening situation, such as falling into a body of water. Also, ailments that lead to impaired mobility, including multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, and cerebral palsy, may lower life expectancy because of fatal complications. For instance, the partial paralysis caused by these illnesses might impact breathing or eating, with deadly results.

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