Physical Impairment

A man wearing leg prosthetics is practising wakeboarding. (Photo: Markus Rehm)
The question, whether a physical impairment is experienced as a restriction, is usually an individual matter. (Photo: Markus Rehm)

A physical disability consists of restricted physical capacities. A person is considered to be physically disabled when she cannot make full use of her physical capacities, as a result of an injury to the locomotor system, of an organic injury or of a chronic illness.

A physical impairment can be a result of an accident, of an illness or of a genetic defect.

The human body is a unique and complex organism. For this reason, physical impairments, as well as their negative repercussions, can take form in very different ways. For example, an allergy is considered as a physical impairment, just as multiple sclerosis or spinal paralysis.

The following pages will provide you with extensive information on various physical impairments and chronic illnesses, as well as on their possible causes and therapies.