Can mobility impairments have any complications?

The prolonged lack of movement associated with paralysis and the more serious cases of mobility impairment can have a range of harmful medical complications. These include bed sores, blood clots, and bone deposits. Because people who are paralyzed may not be able to control their bodily functions, they may develop severe constipation and bladder or urinary tract infections. One condition that strikes those with spinal cord injuries in particular is autonomic dysreflexia, an over-stimulation of the nervous system that can become fatal if not treated. Additionally, paralysis might affect a person's chewing, swallowing, or breathing with deadly consequences.

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