Immobility carries risks you may not be aware of, including a wide range of serious issues including blood clots, ulcers, pneumonia, and depression. Increase your mobility and improve overall health and well-being with aids and equipment that provide an enhanced range of motion.
If there is even the slightest chance that mobility aids and equipment can improve mobility for the user, it is worth exploring. A comprehensive assessment will identify the most prudent approaches to increasing mobility and autonomy, which carries health advantages, too.
Immobility Carries Risks You May Not Be Aware Of
There is more to immobility than a lack of access or loss of independence. Immobility can wreak havoc on your body’s organs, systems, and functions that can lead to a serious medical issue, even death.
Some of the risks of being immobile include:
- Bed Sores. When immobile, blood pools in parts of the body creating pressure sores and ulcers. These wounds always present the risk of infection, which can be deadly.
- Blood clots. Immobility increases the risk of a blood clot; when a clot forms, it travels. If it goes to a major organ, you run the risk of death.
- Muscle spasms. Limited range of motion sets the stage for hardening of muscles and contractures. This is sometimes called atrophy and can be extremely painful.
- Deformity. The stiffness and hardening of muscles that are not being used and that are becoming atrophied can cause physical deformity.
- Pneumonia. A perhaps unexpected repercussion of immobility is pneumonia, which can be devastating for anyone, particularly the elderly or someone with a compromised immune system. Respiratory issues are common among those that are confined to bed.
- Constipation. Immobility can cause issues with regularity causing constipation and discomfort.
- Cardiovascular issues. With immobility comes cardiovascular risks; the swelling and edema accompanying limited movement create more work for the heart. This can lead to heart attack in some instances.
- Urinary tract and bladder infections. Another potential problem with immobility is the risk of contracting urinary and bladder infections. In fact, UTIs are very common among those that don’t toilet independently.
- Depression. It should come as no surprise that immobility can erode spirits and mood. Depression is a common repercussion.
- Sleep issues. Oddly enough, immobility may impact sleep and sleep hygiene causing reverse cycling. This results in staying up all night and sleeping all day, which over time, may contribute to mood disorder and exacerbate depression.
- Disorientation. Immobility and social isolation can, over time, cause symptoms that resemble delirium or dementia. There is a disorientation that accompanies being confined to a bed, chair, or home – day in, day out.
- Nausea, gas, and indigestion. Since a lack of mobility affects your metabolism, it is not unusual for immobile patients to experience nausea, gas, and indigestion. This may lead to a restrictive diet in order to combat these symptoms.
- Chronic pain. Pain is an unfortunate result of immobility; chronic pain may be managed with medications or physical therapy, though it may not be completely alleviated. Talk to your physician about your pain and be honest: managing your pain will improve mental clarity and mood, enhancing overall well-being.
Lifts and chairs may help increase mobility; talk to your medical provider to garner more information pertaining to your condition to determine if these aids are right for you.
Increase mobility and improve overall health.
Depending on the nature of your limitation or disability, there are numerous aids that can increase and enhance movement and motion. Some potential solutions include lifts, ramps, scooters, chairs, and more; talk to a mobility expert to glean more about what is best suited for you.
Have a mobility assessment today.
The first step to preventing these potential health hazards is to improve mobility with a thorough and comprehensive assessment of your needs. This involves sitting down or talking with a mobility expert in the area. Be wary of retailers that want to sell you devices without carefully evaluating your situation, preferences, and environment; it likely will cost you more in the long run. Seek out a mobility professional in the region that has a firm reputation of providing customer service and support, while also offering quality equipment and aids to the consumer. Make sure that you ask about installation, as many mobility devices should only be installed by a professional in the field.
Ready to reduce the risks that come from immobility? Talk to the experts at Pacific Mobility; they stand behind the products that they provide to their patrons, and they offer a gamut of mobility solutions that are customized to your needs. Don’t let a mobility limitation or issue jeopardize your health and well-being further; regain your independence today.
President, Husband, Father, Grandfather Graduate of UC Davis- Bio Sci Major- Go Aggies! Jeff has extensive experience in all of Pacific Mobility’s products and services, and specializes in accessibility products as well as stairlifts, ceiling lifts and custom wheel chairs. His hobbies include spending time with family, gardening, mountain biking, exercising and off road motorcycle riding.
24 years as Owner/President of Pacific Mobility Center – selling, installing, and servicing stairlifts, porch lifts, ceiling lifts, pool lifts, handicap ramping, specialty wheelchairs, scooters, power wheel chairs, and other power mobility devices
Certified Environmental Access Consultant since 2008
Licensed General Contractor since 1998
Certified Aging in Place Specialist since 2016
Board Member for Home Access Professionals
Member of Association of Members of the Accessibility Equipment Industry (AEMA)