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How do mobility impairments affect the body?

Mobility impairments restrict the body from moving fully. The manner in which they restrict movement depends on the cause of the impairment. Cerebral palsy, for instance, results from damage to the brain, which leads to a lack of physical coordination. Muscular dystrophy, meanwhile, involves the weakening of muscles, meaning the body loses the strength to perform certain functions. With spina bifida, the spine is underdeveloped, which can cause paralysis. With arthritis, the joints become inflamed, making movement difficult and painful. In amputation, all or part of a limb is removed.

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