Physical Disability And Physical Disabilities

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Vulnerable populations such as individuals with physical disabilities require more specific nursing care, whether it is in a hospital setting or out in the community. According to the Physical Disability Council of North West Sydney (2009), "physical disability pertains to total or partial loss of a person’s bodily functions (ex. walking, gross motor skills, bladder control etc.) and total or partial loss of a part of the body (ex. an amputation)". John Hopkins University states, “physical disabilities result from congenital conditions, accidents or progressive neuromuscular diseases” ("Physical Disabilities"). Physical disabilities have varying degrees of severity; the same disability can affect individuals in different ways. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (2015), in the United States there are “35.2 million or 15% of adults with a physical functioning difficulty”. Having a physical disability is not a lifelong debilitating sentence for all; many people with physical disabilities have jobs, families and lead a fulfilling life ("What is Physical Disability?"). Physical disabilities can be broken down into two categories, musculoskeletal and neuromuscular disabilities. According to the Handicaps Welfare Association (2012), musculoskeletal disability is defined as, “ the inability to carry out distinctive activities associated with movements of the body parts due to muscular or bony deformities, diseases, or degeneration and includes:
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