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Physical Impairments - Chapter Summary
This entertaining chapter ensures you fully understand common physical impairments and the related specialized care provided by nurse aides. Top instructors offer in-depth analyses of degenerative diseases, spinal cord trauma, chronic illness and much more. Review engaging lessons to ensure you're able to:
- Define and list types of physical disabilities
- Share terminology for paralysis and spinal cord injuries
- Provide symptoms, causes and treatments of cerebral palsy
- Discuss causes, signs and treatments for spina bifida
- Explain how physical disabilities impact human development
- Describe major functional health and disability issues
- Detail a nurse's role in caring for patients with physical impairments
Access lessons in this chapter whenever your schedule permits, using any tablet, smartphone or computer with an Internet connection. Feel free to navigate these lessons in any order and revisit them as often as you'd like. When ready, check your understanding of physical impairments by taking short quizzes and a practice exam. Be sure to track your progress through this chapter and send any lesson topic questions you have to our experts via the Dashboard.
1. What is a Physical Disability? - Definition & Types
In this lesson, you will learn to define the term physical disability. We will also look at different types of physical disabilities as well as further explore categories for daily living as they pertain to people with physical disabilities.
2. The Mechanism of Spinal Cord Trauma
This lesson will go over the things that can traumatize your spinal cord, what spinal cord trauma may result in, and why that may occur. We'll also focus in on some of the specifics of spinal shock and autonomic dysreflexia.
3. Terminology of Paralysis & Spinal Cord Injuries
This lesson goes over the basics of spinal cord injuries as well as paralysis-related terminology that may stem from a spinal cord injury. These terms include: paraplegia, hemiplegia, hemiparesis, and quadriplegia.
4. What are Degenerative Diseases?
In this lesson we'll explain what degenerative diseases are. We'll then look at four examples: osteoarthritis, Alzheimer's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and muscular dystrophy.
5. Cerebral Palsy: Symptoms, Causes & Treatments
Cerebral palsy is a medical condition resulting from abnormal functioning or development of the brain. Read this lesson to learn about the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for people with cerebral palsy.
6. Spina Bifida: Causes, Signs, and Treatment
We will examine a condition known as spina bifida. It's a condition that develops during pregnancy and has three major types. You'll learn what they are, how they can be diagnosed, and how they can be treated.
7. Chronic Illness & Physical Disabilities: Effects on Human Development
What are chronic illnesses and physical disabilities? How do these conditions impact both the individual and society? Learn the answers to these questions in this lesson and test your knowledge with a quiz at the end.
8. Functional Health & Disability: Definition & Major Issues
This lesson looks at the functional health issues of the mechanical system. In other words, we examine the human body, why it fails and what happens when it does.
9. Caring for Patients with Physical Impairments
When you're a health professional it is important to be in the know about clients with physical impairments, this lesson will explain that aspect of care. There are particular items that need to be addressed when speaking about physical impairments and the care of a person encumbered by that.
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