Poor Mobility: Causes, Risks, And Treatments
Limited mobility is a problem that affects many Americans, and not just in older age. Mobility in the joints lessens over time, but other factors can lead to poor mobility, often leading to stiffness and discomfort. Treatment options to improve mobility are available from Florida Well Medical Group – our skilled team will help you achieve a greater range of motion.
What Causes Poor Mobility?
Poor mobility may develop due to a range of factors, mainly including:
- Older age
- Insufficient physical activity
- Chronic conditions like arthritis and diabetes
- Poor strength and balance
The following risk factors may also cause low mobility, though they’re less common:
- Cognitive or memory issues
- Alcohol consumption
Risks Of Poor Mobility
Low mobility puts patients at a heightened risk for health complications. People with reduced mobility can struggle physically, socially, and psychologically if the issue isn’t addressed with medical care. Mobility is a necessity to engage in various daily activities, making a loss of mobility a sizable risk for all aspects of an individual’s health and well-being.
Specific health risks associated with poor mobility include:
- Higher risk of falls
- Mental health complications, mainly due to lower social engagement and feelings of isolation. Low mobility makes it difficult to leave home and attend social activities.
- Weight gain, as low mobility is closely tied to low physical activity
- Lack of energy
- Diminished muscle strength
Treatment For Poor Mobility
Chiropractic care can be particularly effective in boosting patients’ range of motion, allowing for greater mobility. Manual adjustments and other chiropractic methods to relieve pressure on the nerves and joints can relieve the pain that may be inhibiting mobility. Your chiropractor can also help pinpoint problems in the body that are contributing to poor mobility. By identifying the issue, your chiropractor can help implement a treatment plan to restore mobility.
Physical therapy, including stretching, strengthening, and balance exercises, can help improve mobility and offset many of the negative effects of low mobility. Your physical therapist can recommend various exercises to improve mobility over time. Gradually increasing physical activity and performing targeted exercises regularly can be very effective for poor mobility. Additionally, physical therapy exercises can help rebuild muscular strength, which is often lost in cases of poor mobility.
At Florida Wellness Medical Group, we offer chiropractic care and physical therapy from our skilled onsite team. Visit our clinic today to learn more about treatment options to improve poor mobility.