LAKEWOOD, N.J. – A new data analysis by AvaCare Medical reveals that California is home to over 9% of all mobility disability cases in the U.S., the highest of all states in the country.
Mobility disabilities is an umbrella term that includes any disability that impacts a person’s ability to move or maintain their balance. These physical impairments include arthritis, paralysis, amputation, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, and spinal cord injury.
People with mobility disabilities such as these may experience difficulty walking, standing, or performing other basic physical activities. Those who find it hard to get around may require the use of mobility aids such as walkers, wheelchairs, scooters, or canes, while others may require daily living aids such as dressing aids, eating aids, and grabber tools.
"The high prevalence of mobility disability in California is a significant public health concern," says AvaCare Medical CEO Steven Zeldes. "It's essential that we understand the risk factors associated with this issue, so we can better address it and help those affected."
The AvaCare medical study highlights the most common risk factors associated with mobility disability in the U.S. and how this issue can be addressed. Common risk factors include having a low income and living in rural areas, both of which indicate that improved access to medical care, transportation, and other resources could help prevent or manage mobility disabilities for Californians.
The data analysis also shows that California experienced a decrease of about 12% in mobility disability cases in 2020. The significant decrease is likely due to the COVID–19 pandemic, as people were encouraged to stay home and avoid many activities that may have caused injuries.
At the same time, it is possible that the numbers are not entirely accurate, as people may have avoided reporting symptoms or getting medical treatment due to fear of the virus or disruption of services.
AvaCare Medical believes that recommendations such as the following can help reduce the risk of mobility disability in California and improve the quality of life for those affected:
· Encouraging physical activity and exercise
· Promoting healthy eating habits
· Providing access to medical care, physical therapy, and other support services
· Encouraging preventative screenings and early diagnosis
· Educating the public on the signs and symptoms of mobility disability
· Improving access to mobility aids and assistive devices
"We are dedicated to helping those with mobility disabilities live their best lives," said Zeldes. "This data analysis is an important first step, and we look forward to continuing our work to better understand the risk factors associated with mobility disability and how we can reduce its impact."
For more information on AvaCare Medical and its data analysis on mobility disabilities in California, visit https://avacaremedical.com/blog/mobility-disabilities-by-state.html.
Submitted by AvaCare Medical.