What increases my risk for mobility impairments?

Mobility impairments are caused by different underlying conditions, each having its own risk factors. With inherited conditions like muscular dystrophy, a family history of the medical problem can increase your odds of having it as well. Not getting immunized against a disease like polio will put you at risk of contracting it if you live in or visit an area where polio is common. Repetitive physical stress can lead to arthritis. Recklessness and a lack of safety precautions during physical activity can lead to debilitating injuries. However, for conditions that don't yet have a definitive cause, such as multiple sclerosis, there is not enough information to know what increases your risk.

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