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About physical disabilities

Physical disabilities involve the partial or total loss of function of 1 or more parts of the body.

There are usually 2 types that affect mobility:

  • orthopedic disabilities – including arthritis, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida and amputation
  • neurological disabilities – impacting the ability to move, affecting the nervous system.

Equipment such as wheelchairs, scooters, walkers, crutches, canes and artificial limbs can help.

Find out more about physical disabilities (Scope).

I think my child may have a physical disability

If you're concerned, contact your doctor first.

If your child is under 5, see your health visitor.

You can also see if the Physical and Neurological Impairment team can help.

My child has a physical disability

You can get support from the Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust. You need to be referred by your doctor or an NHS professional.