00085 Impaired physical mobility

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00085 Impaired physical mobility

Definition of the NANDA label

State in which there is a limitation of independent and intentional physical mobility.

Limitation in independent, purposeful movement of the body or of one or more extremities.

Defining characteristics

• Postural instability while carrying out the usual activities of daily life.
• Limitation of motor skills.
• Uncoordinated or jerky movements.
• Limitation of the range of movements.
• Difficulty turning in bed.
• Decreased reaction time.
• Alterations in ambulation (slowing of gait and speed, difficulty in starting to step, short steps, shuffling, exaggerated postural sway).
• Find alternatives to movement (control behavior).
• Slowed motion and tremor induced by it.

Related factors

• Side effects of medications.
• Sensory and motor impairment.
• Musculoskeletal disorder.
• Prescription of restriction of movements.
• Malaise or pain.
• Lack of knowledge regarding the importance of physical activity.
• Depression or anxiety.
• Body weight index greater than the 75th percentile for age.
• Sedentary lifestyle.
• Malnutrition.
• Decreased strength, control or muscle mass.
• Loss of integrity of bone structures.
• Delayed development.
• Lack of physical or social support.
• Joint stiffness or contractures.
• Limitation of cardiovascular endurance.
• Alteration of metabolism.
• Cultural beliefs regarding age-appropriate activity.
• Cognitive impairment.

Associated condition

• Alteration in bone structure integrity
• Alteration in cognitive functioning
• Alteration in metabolism
• Contractures
• Developmental delay
• Musculoskeletal impairment
• Neuromuscular impairment
• Pharmaceutical agent
• Prescribed movement restrictions
• Sensory-perceptual impairment


• Ambulation: wheelchair.
• Joint movement: active.
• Level of mobility.
• Carrying out the transfer.


• Postural changes.
• Promotion of exercise: extension training.
• Exercise therapy: joint mobility.
• Exercise therapy: muscle control.
• Exercise therapy: ambulation.
• Exercise therapy: balance.

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