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Impaired Physical Mobility

Impaired physical mobility is the limitation of purposeful movement. It may range from very minor limitations to complete inability to move.

Value of exercise

A. Improves mobility. B. Improves circulation. C. Improves sense of well-being.

Measures to prevent complications

1. Maintain good body alignment. 2. Change position frequently. 3. Eat a high fiber, well balanced diet. 4. Drink two to three quarts per day of fluid unless a. contraindicated. 5. Keep follow-up appointment with physician. 6. Use assistive devices to promote mobility, i.e., walkers, a. canes, etc. 7. Use self-help devices as needed. 8. Keep appointments with therapy and follow exercises as prescribed. 9. Perform range of motion exercises to prevent contractures: a. Move joint gently, stopping if pain occurs. b. Support extremity above and below the joint. c. Assure good body alignment. d. Never force the joint past the point of resistance. e. Perform exercise slowly to allow the joint to relax. 10. Provide safety measures to prevent injury.

11. Assess and report any early signs of complications. 12. Medicate for pain as needed before activity.

Possible complications

a. Phlebitis. b. Pressure ulcer. c. Pneumonia. d. Fractures. e. Depression. f. Urinary complications. g. Muscle weakness and wasting. h. Constipation. i. j. Contractures. Osteoporosis.

k. Confusion.


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