Can mobility impairments be prevented?

Mobility impairments cannot be prevented completely, but there are some steps you can take to help lower your chances of contracting the ailments that can cause impaired mobility. For instance, you can get immunized against polio, and you can help lower your risk of diabetes and stroke by living a healthy lifestyle. Avoiding recklessness and taking proper safety precautions during physical activity can reduce your chance of suffering a debilitating injury. Avoiding physically stressful, repetitive activities can help prevent arthritis. Of course, there are some incidents that cannot be foreseen, like an auto accident, and there are diseases like muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis for which there is no known prevention.

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