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How do other illnesses affect mobility impairment?

There are numerous illnesses, ailments, and conditions that can lead to impaired mobility. They do this in a number of different ways. Cerebral palsy, for instance, involves damage to the brain, which leads to a lack of physical coordination. With muscular dystrophy, meanwhile, the muscles weaken, 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. Polio affects the nerves, causing a lack of feeling and movement. Strokes are caused by a shortage of blood supply to the brain, affecting the part of the body controlled by that portion of the brain.

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